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Wont record on new disc

Will record normal on previously used disc,but when I load in a brand new one it just shows updating

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Re: wont record on new disc - Philips DVDR3380/05 DVD Recorder DVD & Blu-Ray Players

I think you need to format your new discs.

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I posted this Jan 3, 2009 and seem to have a solution.
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