Question about Funai PY90VG DVD Player/VCR
Cannot record from VHS to DVD without the same error message appearing every time and preventing recording taking place -'Cannot record on this disk E4 54037380'.
There is nothing wrong with the discs -x8 - as recommended by Funai.
What can be done>
I'd had this problem with my 2737 for quite some time but haven't had the time to fix this until now.
Just for the record it has one laser unit inside which fires off two frequencies one for read the other for write. Anyway, I've been repairing Playstation 1 and 2 and Xbox for years and the most common problem seem to be disc read errors caused by seemingly failing lasers or scratched/damaged discs.
The manufacturer sets these lasers at safe usable limits but after some use they start malfunctioning.
I wanted to copy a VHS recorded disc to my PC tonight only to find I hadn't finalised it in my Funai.
Realising I couldn't because of the silly E4 54037380 error I finally took the plunge and dismantled the unit.
NOTE: the following is not for the faint hearted and please use an antistatic wrist strap to earth yourself.
The Disc tray mechanism has to be removed and a small circuit board directly to the right has too be released. There are a plethora of ribbon cables but only one needs disconnection. Carefully turn the disc drive mechanism on it's back and un clip the thick ribbon cable that attaches to the laser. Tuck the cable out of the way being careful not to damage it. Move the lens unit to the top of the tray mechanism and note there are two potetiometers Using a pot tool or fine flat bladed screwdriver adjust the lower pot by an eigth of a turn (this increases the frequency of the recording laser enough to eliminate the E4 54037380 error completely or it did in my case).Problem solved fully working recorder.
Disconnect Funai from mains and remove the top casing (5 screws)
There are 4 screws holding disc drive mechanism in front right most tricky (use grabber tool to retrieve screw)
Top right has an earth cable connected to it
The other end of the earth cable is held in by another screw on the circuit board next to the drive mechanism this also needs removing
The screw directly below this with the metal earth case strip remove.
The board is held on by two small plastic lugs which need compressing so the board can pop up.
Remove drive mechanism carefully along with the circuit board and flip the whole lot over. Be mindful of the ribbon cables as they are fragile
Posted on Jun 23, 2009
Try using old-fashioned 2x DVD-RW discs, eg the cheap ones from Datawrite.
This seems to work in my machine MOST of the time.
Posted on Sep 12, 2008
I had the same problem BUT I HAVE FOUND ONE SPECIFIC BRAND OF DISC WHICH ALWAYS WORK...
Whatever I put in I usually get the 'Cannot record' error, however I try, except for one specific brand of disc which always seem to work! Don't ask me why I have no idea, I am not technical in that way!
They are a cheap and nasty brand (yes the Top brands dont work!) called LIVEWIRE, I buy these from... Poundworld, yes, poundworld, you get three discs in a pack and a little pen to write on them. THEY WORK EVERY TIME..
They are DVD-R, I know they do +R too but I HAVENT tried these so I don't know if the +R work. Although they are write once discs, it's still great to have the machine working. However, it hasn't changed anything, none of the others work....
If anyone hasn't got a 'poundworld' or wants to get hold of some of these I will be happy to help you!! email@example.com I am just a frustrated funai user looking to help others!
Hope this has helped.
Posted on Jul 12, 2009
Hi i have been having the same problem, all the dvds i buy want work, and i get the same error message, but i have now found out after trying lots of diffent makes philps dvd-r works
Posted on Nov 28, 2008
You can only record on DVD-R discs not DVD+R
Posted on Mar 14, 2008
I think it is something to do with CPRM, which does not let you record copyrighted material!.(its activated in the funai recorder) its a pain in a ***, as i recorded a programme of the tv onto vhs, but the recorder will not let me record that vhs onto DVD-R.
Posted on Apr 04, 2008
I have the same problem
Posted on Mar 12, 2008
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