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Locked up. Hard drive frozen?

Help! We were recording tracks just fine and when it went to store a track, the usual 2-3 seconds 'please wait' locked up. No controls worked, not even the power button.  I unplugged it after a few minutes hoping it would reset, but when powered back up I get nothing but 'please wait'.
Just bought the machine last week.
Hard drive fried? Any 'reset' option available? I still have no access to the menu or any controls.

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Re: Locked up. Hard drive frozen?

I have the same frickin problem.someone please help

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DVD Recorder frozen - please wait on display

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I have good friends that got their machine at the same time. Same thing happened to them within one month of me telling them about it. Our machines are about 4 years old as well.

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