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DVD/VCR Emerson My DVD/VCR recorder EWR20V5, it's the same problem: E4 54037380

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  • jclm2552 Apr 04, 2008

    mine will not write on anything above a 4 x - disk is there any upgrades that will let it write on higher speed disks

  • eagle5 May 26, 2008

    I am getting the same error message. Is there a solution??

  • jadpahn Jul 04, 2008

    Emerson EWR20V5, using brand new blank Maxell DVD-RW discs, I get error #54037380, Cannot Record on This Disc. Tried running laser lens cleaner disc in DVD player and cleaned **brand new** DVD with the DVD cleaner as well. Still will not work.

  • LumbeePrince Nov 16, 2008

    I have made many of disk using the same type of dvd-r, but know when I try to record this is the message I get. "Can not record on this disk. E4 54037380. I have been using the same brand of disk for a while. Can someone tell me how to reset the dvd recorder? Thanks for any help.

  • 1finecharger Jan 25, 2009

    I am having the same problem, I called tech support and found out it is the recording lense, and we need to purchase a lense cleaner. I have looked on here and found many of you have the same problem with more than one model, we were told if the lense didn't come clean it was bad and cannot be replaced free of charge. What sucks is we only dubbed one day! We have many more to go and cannot fathom that due to the amount of this system why it wouldn't be corrected by Emerson.



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Okay have had the same problem for 6 months, have bought 10 different brands and speeds of DVDs. Tried the reset idea, 5 times still no luck! I was so furstrated I was just going to buy me a new player.
Then I seen a laser lens cleaner, it was under $10 dollars at Wal mart. Came home reset the played 1st then tried the cleaning disc. I"M recording AGAIN and no error messages!

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My dvd recorder won't redord I get a record error can't record on this disk
E4 54037380

Posted on Jan 26, 2008


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SOURCE: Emerson DVd with Video Cassette Recorder EWR20V5

I purchased my EWR20V5 unit in December 2006. After 10 months usage it developed several problems

  1. Recording error message appears when trying to record onto DVDs.
  2. Playback error message appears when playing prerecorded disks (NetFlix, BlockBuster, etc.
  3. Playback error message sometimes appears when playing disks burned on this unit.
  4. I cannot finalize disks burned on this unit.
I've almost thrown this unit out several times, but I wasn't sure if I had to get the same unit to finalize my disks?. Is there a solution for all these problems?

David Rogerson

Posted on Feb 28, 2008

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