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Go video dvd recorder vhs combo vr3845 - won't read discs - says unknown disc

Hi, all of a sudden my go video dvd recorder/vhs combo won't read movies anymore. it says "unknown disc" and then ejects them.

these are not recorded movies. real movies bought or rented from netflix. i sent my last movie back to netflix thinking that there was a problem with the movie, but i just got 2 more and it won't read these either.

any ideas on how to fix this? thanks. mary

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  • sahaj1407 Sep 15, 2008

    I have the same problem too, but in addition, I copied all my old VHS onto DVD, and the DVD's will only play in my GoVideo machine?

  • scineman Nov 26, 2008

    Did you ever find a solution?  I've cleaned mine a million times and still most dvd's won't play.  Even tried the hack to make it a multiregion machine (press set up on your remote, scroll down to the padlock and press 0000 on the remote) My problem is with mailed blockbuster DVD's.  80% won't play.  From what I gather, there is a firmware update (vr3845a.iso) that could possibly fix this, but since GoVideo is no more, I can't find it anywhere (not even on limewire or any other P2P).  Are Lite On DVD recorders the same?  If so, which Lite On model is the equivalent of  the GoVideo 3845?  Any help would be appreciated as I would love to watch my DVD's with my surround sound system instead of only in stereo from an old DVD player.  Are there any other combo units that have a composite out for both the DVD and VCR like the GoVideo?   New machines still don't seem to upconvert the VCR to composite or HDMI and require you to use RCA out, so what's the point in getting a combo unit when you still have to make 2 connections out to your tv?

  • Anonymous Mar 31, 2014

    Movies keep stopping and reloading through out the movie

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FIRST UNPLUG THE UNIT FROM POWER !!!!! The problem is dirt/dust/****/crud/stuff on the tiny, little ***** laser lens. Remove the case screws ( 2 on each side, some in the back) with a correct size driver. The cover must be pulled open at the bottom, side to side a tiny bit ( use a hand on each side) to allow the cover to lift up at the rear, it must come up quite a bit as if it is hinged at the front and THEN pulled back out of the front panel. Set the cover to the side. The DVD reader/Burner is covered with a small black cover, it is held on with two TINY screws, STOP!!!! Get yourself the CORRECT size driver at Fry's or Radio Shack, DO NOT get cheap here!!! Remove the two screws and find the two plastic grip tabs, push them to release and lift the cover. There is the laser! It is a tiny blue lens about the same diameter as the tiny screws. find a very, very well washed CLEAN 100% cotton T-shirt. The softer the better, get 70% or higher rubbing alcohol, pull the fabric over the tip of the finger and wet with the alcohol. VERY GENTLY wipe the lens 4 to 5 wipes and the 3 wipes with a dry spot. That should clean the lens. USE NOTHING ELSE!!!!!! The lens tracks back and forth on two tiny bars. The stuff I use is WD-40 wet on a Q-tip swab. Go to a safe place to spray the WD-40 on the Q-tip. The lube should drip. With the Q-tip apply the lube to the tiny bars at the ponts of rider contacts and wipe the bars too. Put the top of the burner back> BE CAREFUL!! Use a magnet driver and then repower and try to read a known good dvd. You will have to do this more in the future, you understand, dist dirt etc in the air. Put the top back on. Enjoy.

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