Question about DVD & Blu-Ray Players
My Toshiba DVD/Recorder will not record to my DVD-R nor will it allow me to use a disk DVD cleaner to clean the lens. It will play DVDs just fine, but will not let me record. It stops after 40 seconds and says Disk Error check Disk, may be damaged or dirty. These are all new disks that I just bought. Can you help?
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Although this is an old thread, recently I had an idea about my own Toshiba DVD Recorder. Same problem all over the grid when it comes to this model and hopefully some of you who currently have this problem will find my post and once again be using your unit as I am mine. The problem is so simple you'll flip! This Toshiba DVD Recorder device is exactly what we're all using as DVD burners in our home pcs, just a Toshiba in this one though, I had an LG multi-writer, dula layer, blah blah blah and when I opened up my Toshiba unit, saw how the screws go into the sides, the IDE connector is EXACTLY what we will find in our PC's, the Toshiba jumper pin was set to MASTER and like modern day DVD or CD drives, we no longer need to connect an audio connector to get what else, but audio.
Early today I looked closely at my LG replacement unit, saw that the tray is more shallow than the original Toshiba one. Most of you know why the tray is so deep? Because with this unit one can use the cartridge-style DVD-RAM disc but since a PC's dvd tray is not as deep, I just ripped into the case and used the actual ram disc without it. The Software Version for the Toshiba is ZN10 and the DVD Drive Software WAS 1309. The drive software will change to whatever your newest PC-DVD recorder will be. In my case I had a 2006 LG and the Toshiba was a 2004 but irrelevant anyway. One thing you must remove from a PC type DVD recorder/burner, is the front access door and the surrounding trim since inside the Toshiba home unit, no door or trim attached to the Toshiba's DVD unit but of course you would notice that the silver door opens when the eject mech. is actuated.
For 2 years my Toshiba was malfunctioning, would read older discs I had recorded and finalized, some of the other discs I had recorded some things on but didn't finalize, I was able to do so today. The problem I have heard about these Toshibas is that their laser units are el cheapo but kind of ticked me off because we paid $550 in 2004 for this thing and no hard drive of course. I do have an issue with my clock on this thing and maybe because we had it plugged in for the past 8 years or so. When off, nothing on the display, when turned on the display shows the time and then it blanks out and we can only see the elapsed time, counter etc. Not that it matters but don't think I'd ever buy another Toshiba device anyway now.
Hope this has helped and trust me here, if your unit still powers on and you keep seeing the disc read error etc., you can probably find yourself a brand new dvd recorder for about 30 bucks retail and problem solved. Oh yeah, one interesting note and if I hadn't mentioned this now, some of you would realize it anyway, this unit will now record + and - since it's actually a PC recorder device LOL. Stupid Toshiba made this as only one type and that was -R but for the life of me, can't figure out why it couldn't have been both/all types. Really have to add about what I was reading awhile back too, some were advising that one couldn't use -RW types (rewriteables) but the issue actually stems from the laser and unit's weakness at reading better quality discs. The ones I had copied and finalized as WRITE ONCE (only) were really cheap ones and they have always worked. Prior to doing this unit swap I tried a store bought movie and it wouldn't read it at all, then when I did the hardware change, VOILA!
Posted on Jan 31, 2012
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Does the unit emit a groaning sound just before it fails? If so, then the drive spindle is the problem; the sound is caused by the slipping of the disk on the spindle. It could be contaminated with particles (dust, DDV plastic. etc). Look for scratches on the inner ring area of the bottom side of the DVD. those are an indication of foreign material on the spindle. It may be worse with disks that have been used many times. Just touching the hub area with your fingers can leave contaminates. Try first cleaning the disk hub area on the botton side. Stay away from the writable area. The drive spindle can be cleaned by removing the metal top from the unit and then removing the black plastic cover from the drive top (4 screws). Wipe clean the rubber surface on the top side of the spindle. Then replace the covers. As the unit ages, the rubber will get harder and more prone to slipping. A cotton cloth soaked in alcohol may be used to clean and refresh the rubber surface as a last resort. Reply to this message if you want pictures of the process.
Posted on Aug 01, 2008
You should use a specific DVD lens cleaner for your recorder, there are generic ones available I am sure. I do not recommend CD/DVD lens cleaners - far too abrasive, and there is a risk of damage to your unit if you use this type.
A generic DVD lens cleaner should do no harm and does not cost a lot. The type of cleaner I have used in the past is exactly like a DVD disc, with fine bristles, is a dry type, and it gently removes the grime and dirt film from the lens eye (you can probably obtain a wet and dry type that comes with a small bottle of fluid). These are the most reliable, and, unlike original CD lens cleaners, are far less abrasive. These lens cleaners usually work in DVD players and recorders, I've never had any issue after using this type.
Give that a try, see how you go.
Posted on Feb 02, 2011
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