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I have a Philips DVD recorder - it plays pre-recorded DVDs ok - but when I insert a blank disk to record onto I get the message NO DISC

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  • johncrinion Nov 18, 2009

    Thanks for your reply - my model no. is DVDR70/051

  • johncrinion Nov 18, 2009

    thanks very much I will try your advice



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Hello, and welcome to Fixya..

It sounds like the laser may be starting to fail, if it hasnt failed already..

A good test to do, is to one, leave the unit turned on, for at least one hour, do not power it off.. Once it is warmed up sufficiently, it may read your disk.

Another note, If you are using disks that were working before, go try and purchase another brand of disk, sometimes when the players start to fail, they can still read and record a different brand of disc for a while. If you were using dvr-, try dvrw- ( a small five pack will be enough for the test)

Without knowing the exact model number of your Phillips i cant be specific.. If you could reply with the model number, there may be some other posible solutions, such as a firmware upgrade, or purchasing a replacement drive assembly.

Ill be waiting for your reply!

Posted on Nov 18, 2009

  • Tre Elkins Nov 18, 2009

    Ok, before we go replacing any parts, lets knock out some smaller issues.

    First, use a lens cleaning disc for dvds.. You'd be surprised but a little bit of dust can stop the whole recording process..

    then after using the lens cleaner, you need to download the firmware update for your player, as that will help..

    The link to do so is here.

    then the link that describes how to update it is here

    It can seem like a somewhat difficult process at first, to create the upgrade disc. Just read the second link carefully, and follow its guidelines to create your firmware update disc from the zip file you downloaded from the first link above.

    If after using a disc cleaner, and applying the firmware update, it still dosnt work.
    You can then try another brand of dvdr.. However, all this will do is prolong the inevetible. The simple fact is , dvd recorders fail over time. At this point all we are trying to do is prolong the life of the machine as much as possible.

    If it is still within warranty, it would be best to contact phillips and have them replace the recording drive.

    If its not within warranty, then you want to follow the steps above to prolong the life of the device as much as possible, and then decide, if you want to pay to have this one fixed, or purchase a new one.

    If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!



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