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I have recorded all my vhs tapes to dvds and they have played before and now they wont play. i have checked 4 dvds and they wont read in my tv, or 2 of my computers. what could of happened?

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  • DIXIE MAE Feb 17, 2008

    THE ONLY DISC THAT SEEMS TO WORK WHEN RECORDING FROM THE RCA DRC8295N COMBO IS THE HP DVD+R 8X. I HAVE TRIED PLAYO, KODAK, MEMOREX BLANK DVD+ AND MEMOREX DVD- AND THEY WILL NOT RECORD. THE RECORDING WILL BEGIN FOR A FEW MINUTES AND WILL JUST QUIT RECORDING.



    WHAT BRAND DO YOU SUGGEST TO BE COMPATABLE OTHER THAN THE HP? THEY ARE HARD TO FIND.

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It can be several things. What type of DVD's do you have and how old are your players. Most older DVD players won't play the DVD+R format. When you said they played before was that in the recorder you used to make them? If so then most likely you failed to fina'ize them in the DVD recorder you used to make them. If you don't do that, they will ONLY play in the DVD recorder you used to copy them. If you did finalize them, it may be that, as said before, cheap discs dont work in any machines and DVD+R wont work in older players.

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  • Anonymous Jul 21, 2015

    I have the same problem. I also Do Not understand the answer given. The problem is they all did play back in the machine they were recorded on. Mine is Go Video VR3845. I got tired of them. Put them away for a year. Now the screen opens up to Initialize them, as if I am trying to record.
    Why won't they just play?

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