This had been working fine. Using DVD+RW to copy from hard disk. Putting them into other machines in the house and watching. Also, copying with other machines in the house and then watching them on the EX85. 2 days ago, copied material on discs accepted before on EX85 suddenly say unformatted disc...format disc now? I hit the yes button and the disc formats and tells me it is complete, I press copy and it says the disc is unformatted! even though it has just told me it has completed formatting. Also, brand new, out of the packet DVD+RW discs are coming up as unformatted, and again it goes through the motion of formatting but does not appear to do anything. So, new discs and discs that it has accepted time and time again will now not play
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You might like to know that this recorder works well with DVD+R, DVD-R and DVD-RW but is known to not work well with DVD+RW. This is likely to be the main cause of your problem if you experience these problems and find it happens mostly with DVD+RW.
If the problem occurs across all formats a DVD cleaning disk should help the problem.
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jamesgranger - I think your DVD recorder is still having trouble reading the DVD+RW. It should not have a problem using a DVD+RW many times. Try taking the DVD+RW and put it in your computer. Find it in Explorer, right-click and choose "Erase". Then try to record to it using the DVD recorder again. If it works, you can use this to record, though it might be a pain.
The fact that your machine will record to the +R means that it works. Failing to work (record or erase) on the +RW means it's not reading it well. I would try running the lens cleaner again if it were mine. Also, I would make sure that the unit didn't have a lot of dust in it. If you can, power it off and use some spray-air to be sure there's no dust. You may have cleaned the lens, but if there's a lot of dust inside the unit, it will quickly find it's way back to the lens and you'll have the same problem. Michael
I have used my Sony GX300 for a couple of years and love it. I prefer +R blanks. The only occasional problem is the media brand. It will not record Fuji 16X, but will record Fuji 4X, which are rare nowadays. I have used TDK 16X with success, but this week bought TDK "lightscribe" blanks, and the GX300 would not record with them.
Sony should provide an upgrade download for the GX300 but does not. On the internet I have been unable to find a list of suitable brands for this DVD recorder, so I have to take risks when shopping. Fortunately, all blanks can be used for my computer so my money is not really wasted.
It's October, 2009 and in Toronto there has been a shortage of DVD blanks for months. I've been told there will be lots available in December.