Question about Sony RDR-HXD860 DVD Recorder/HDD Recorder

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Can't record onto disc

I have just purchased a new Sony DVD recorder to go with Sony Bravia LCD but cannot get the recorder to record onto a dvd disk. I am finding the manual difficult to use. Could you please give me some simple instructions on how to copy a television program onto dvd disk.

The actual model is Sony RDR-HXD870(160GB) DVD Recorder/HDD

Thanking you

Eileen Smith

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  • Anonymous Jun 17, 2008

    This machine was wonderful initially (bought 5/1/08) but now it is failing to dub much of the time when I try to dub to DVD-R. I was using Verbatim DVD-Rs but Sony DVD-Rs give the same result.

    When it fails, it first makes a terrible noise before the error message comes up. I do a lot of dubbing, as I am trying to transfer all my VHS recordings.

    I have tried optimising the HDD and dusting off and resting it, which appear to make it better for a while (though I am not sure which works) then it fails again. Now it is failing to dub to DVD-R all the time and will only dub to DVD-RW.

    Could it be something about, or a fault in, the mode of recording setting? This is supposed to be automatic, but is the only explanation I can think of.

    DVD-RWs work fine and make no noise at all but are more expensive than DVD-R, so I don't want to be stuck with them! Please help

  • Anonymous Jan 09, 2009

    I can't record a programme to a dvd and then watch a different channel while the recording is made , are there some simple instructions to do this anywhere. I feel there is something I am missing somewhere in the timer programming or perhaps doing wrong.

  • paulrubin Jan 11, 2009

    how do i record a tv program from a sony bravia. i seem to have lost the manual

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    I am unable to record any prograame on a disc, I find the handbook very difficult to understand but followed the instructions for recording alright but the screen is distorted when I replay the disc, I am able to play film dics I have bought in the past, I am getting very frustrated as I have only had the equipment a few weeks could you help please

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    The blanks that errored were tested on computer and record fine. Manual says type should work?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    sony rdr-hdx860 hard drive not recording. dvd recording is fine. it takes the settings and appears to be recording but then nothing is actually recorded


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Press dub on your remote, it will open the menu choose your programme you want record then click on hdd to disc.

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