I seem to have sorted this problem for me simply by unplugging power.
I actually left it for nearly a week before plugging in again, but I'm sure a day would do, probably less.
Dubbed 2 playlists since, no problem.
Nice simple solution if it works.
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Did you say you used a DVD-RW disc to transfer a videotape onto? The reason your PC won't recognise that disc is because the data format on it is a different language to what PCs understand - plus an unfinalised DVD-RW won't play in other DVD players - it is usually an incompatible format.
(DVD+RW discs with titles/top menus created in video mode CAN be played on a PC DVD drive or a normal DVD player as can finalised DVD-R discs (DVD-R discs MUST be recorded and finalised in the same recorder for compatible playback). DVD-RW discs can only be viewed on the unit they were written/recorded on.
The other reason for the 'remaining space' on the disc you describe showing less than 120 minutes is due to a title recently being recorded or erased - unless you format it - the 120 minute / 4.7GB DVD-RW will not show full available space. Erasing titles on re-writable DVDs does not increase space. The same rule applies to unfinalised +R / -R discs (you cannot re-format these to get the space back once recorded - they are 'once only' writables)
I recommend you invest in some DVD-R discs and re-copy your VHS tape to that - then if you are satisfied with the result, title etc., finalise the DVD-R - it will play on any DVD player or PC with DVD support (or it should). These discs are relatively inexpensive to buy just about anywhere.
Final note: do NOT finalise the DVD-RW you recorded (I hope you haven't already done this) - simply format/erase it - re-use it for something else or keep it until you need it.
You can use any brand of DVD, just take note of the format before recording/playing.
turn off and unplug from power outlet, let sit a few minutes....then plug in power up, check JVC home page on net to see if they have problems with these, could be a disc stuck in unit....if door will not open, take back to where you bought it....I have a Pioneer but I did take the cover off and a DVD was stuck in side, I managed to carefully remove it....it is a slow process as everything is made from plastic
You need to go into the set up menu and select recording options. On the recording options menu, scroll down to dubbing options. On the dubbing options menu select either VCR to DVD or DVD to VCR. Recording and Dubbing are not the exactly the same thing. You use the record buttons to record TV directly to VCR/DVD you use the dubbing buttons and set up to record DVD to VCR or VCR to DVD. Hope this helps. Dafid
1. Insert a blank DVD disc in the DVD deck and close the disc tray. 2. Insert the VHS video tape you wish to copy into the VCR deck. 3. Find the place on the VHS tape from which you want to start dubbing using the PLAY, FF, REW and PAUSE functions. For best results, pause playback at the point from which you want to record. 4. Press the DUBBING button on the Remote Control or DUB on the front panel. The Dubbing menu appears. 5. Use the arrow keys to select the desired Record Mode: EP, LP, SP or XP. 6. Select [Dubbing] then press ENTER or DUBBING to start copying. 7. To stop dubbing at any other time, press STOP (x). Dubbing will stop automatically when the VHS tape ends.
I've had the same problem. Are you using x8 DVD-R? I had no problems with the old x4 discs, but had the (long) Self Check process and a failed dubbing occur between 1/100 and 2/100 in the dubbing process with the x8 discs.
I've found two workarounds:
1) The problem doesn't seem to occur if the recordings are made with hi-speed dubbing enabled. I do this now as a default, but the loss of the ws tag is a pain . If I still get a dubbing failure with hi-speed dubbing, a quick power down/power on of the unit seems to rectify the situation.
2) If you record a "leader" in hi-speed dub mode of a minute or two, and dub it onto a x8 DVD-R first, you can then copy non-hi-speed dub recordings onto the disc. Not quite sure why this works, but it does - it's like the first minute or two being dubbed over needs to be hi-speed enabled to be written from the memory of the E-85 to the disc, but once that's done it dubs as it should.
btw, another process that crashes the unit is if you try an change the thumbnails on a x8 DVD-R. Not the end of the world but again annoying on expensive equipment less than two years' old.
DVD-RAMs are not affected by the problem in my experience.
Apparently there's some firmware in the US that addresses the problem with x8 discs - http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/vDownloads?storeId=15001&langId=-1&page=DVDFirmware , but Panasonic UK don't distribute it.
I think the E-85 is a good box but it has proven too buggy and I'm thinking of upgrading it, possibly when the new 85 is released by Panasonic in a few weeks.