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Erasing DVD+RW. I can no longer erase DVD+RW discs by using the set up menu. Now I have to erase each title separately. Why is this happening and what can I do?

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The problem went away on its own. I'll have to wait until it happens again.

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When I put in a disc the recorder says no disc.


No disc error can be a DIY like the following steps.

Assuming that the disc is good.


1.Cleaning the lens. - Sometimes because of dust the lens can't read any disc.

Try clean the lens by soft cotton buds. Be careful while doing this.

2.Replacing the ribbon - Check the ribbon connected to the lens from the main board for scratch, damage. Once it has an open line then of course the lens can't read the disc. Also try to erase the contact by pencil eraser.

If you've done the steps above and the symptoms still there then the next step requires you a little knowledge in soldering technique and reading the ohmmeter.

3.Checked the motor - Check the motor that spin the disc with an ohmmeter. You can test it using the ohmmeter (x1) even it is connected on the lens assembly.

Good motor - reading should be fairly high and it will spin.

Bad motor - reading will drop to low resistance and will not spin.

Hint : 50% of my repaired unit the above parts are commonly caused of the problem.

If you confirmed that you have a defective motor then replace it with a new one. Before replacing the new motor you have to check the clearance of the disc holder with the old one. The clearance should be the same as the old because if not the lens will not read the disc if it is too far or too close.

If you already cleaned the lens, and confirmed that the ribbon is good as well as the motor then I've advice you to send it to repair shop because the next step should be done with an expert because it is quite technical diagnosing the fault between the pick-up lens and the main board.

Thanks for using fixya.

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Jan 25, 2011 | Cyberhome DVD Recorder - DVR1600

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Dvr will not record. i get the message, " hard drive full" is there a way to erase what is on the hard drive?


You can erase the contents of the drive or set the drive to overwrite when full. Erasing the drive is the equivalent of reformatting (you will not be able to recover the images easily).

To Erase/Format, enter the Menu system and select Hard Drive Setup (seventh line in the list). Press Enter, then go to HDD Format (fourth item in the list) and press Enter. Then enter your password (set up under System Setup) but the default password is 111111, if it is on. If you entered the correct password, the screen will flash HDD Formatted 3 times. Press Menu to exit the menu. (If the incorrect password was put in, Incorrect Password will flash.)

To overwrite, again go to Hard Drive Setup then select the first item, Drive Full. Press Enter to toggle Overwrite On or Off. You will be able to recover the images until they are overwritten.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells

Oct 13, 2010 | CSi Speco Speco Technologies DVR-4CF...

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When a blank disc is inserted it attempts to load and then a message appears saying no disc. i am therefore unble to format the disc for recording. If i eject the disc about 10times somtimes it will then...


OK you could try to use a cleaning DVD that may help.
If that doesn't work, then you have a faulty laser or quadrant detector in your laser assembly and the only way to fix it is to replace it.. it is also possible there are other problems too.
However i would doubt the economics of being able to do so. and any monies to be spent may well be put towards a new unit with a warranty?

Aug 06, 2010 | Cyberhome DVD Recorder - DVR1600

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I cannot format either dvd-r or rws with this machine.


try a single disk, but make sure format is not (-r or -rw; but +r or+rw )negative is mostly for computers, and positive is mostly for dvds and such; should find single at walgreens or wal-mart.

Mar 30, 2009 | Cyberhome DVD Recorder - DVR1600

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DVD-RW Recordables


This problem also happens when you try to use vide tapes from other countires inside american vcr players and vice versa. The problem is a format incompatibility. There was several differnt dvd formats when dvds were emerging and in some countries they havent updated to the latest format. My solution would be to get a new dvd recorder or try to change the formats of the files on the disks.

Jun 06, 2008 | TV Receivers & DVRs

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"unknown disc, please, check disc again


this happens all the time on my dvd player. im just about ready to throw it out the window. ive only had it awhile.
i called customer service. they said you need a dvd cleaner to clean the lens. I bought one called dvd dr laser lens cleaner. unfortunately, it rejected that disc as well. you could try it i guess, but good luck. tell me what happens. in the meantime, i'm going to put this piece of garbage up on ebay or throw it out my window. total waste of 300 something dollars. buy the warranty! i didn't and im paying through the nose.
i payed $80 for a new laser about 2 years ago, it did JACK. so, dont do that either. sorry to sound so aggravated, but i have been working on this for a few hours now. i opened it up and tried to look at the lens. looks fine. good luck.

May 25, 2008 | Zenith ZRY-316 Video Recorder

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No Disc


I have the same model ... you can't use DVD-R or DVD-RW discs, only DVD+R or DVD+RW

Apr 26, 2008 | Cyberhome DVD Recorder - DVR1600

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Dubbing VCR to DVD... it records for 20 seconds then stops


Try a -RW disc. Only the higher priced DVD recorders can use the +RW disc.
Electrode

Mar 15, 2008 | Zenith ZRY-316 Video Recorder

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Set has intermittent short freezes


It is possible for the hard drive to fragment and in that case doing an entire hard drive erase and format should clear up that issue, but if it does not try looking at a possible buffer issue and the need for a software upgrade, I have seen this happen in some cases. DVR should go through an erase and reformat at least once every two months since you really should be storing your movies on a separate hard drive and using the internal hard drive for just temporary storage for viewing.

Sep 07, 2007 | Philips DSR708R DirecTV / TiVo DTV...

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