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Can't play finalized DVDs dubbed from VHS on other Sony DVD players or PC

I just dubbed from VHS to DVD (Memorex DVD+R) for the first time. On the first 3 I forgot to finalize so I put the DVD back in and finalized. On the 4th I remembered to finalize when the VHS stopped.
All of these play OK on the same machine but will not play on another SONY DVD player or on my Dell Inspiron. The tapes used were of various ages.
Please help!

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  • peekroman Apr 08, 2008

    Well, when I try to finalize again, the disc settings option is grayed out.

  • peekroman Apr 08, 2008

    Since we talked I've had a little success. (1) Two of my dvds WILL play on the others.
    (2) One won't play -- it says "loading" for a long time, then something about a disc error. I'm wondering if there wasn't enough space left to finalize - it was the longest running one I did. I'll try again and stop in before the end.
    (3) The last two are a mystery. They are both very short. After I finalized and put them back in the SAME player (vx500), the disc was damaged. It wouldn't load, and kept going to stop. One of these was from a VHS that was recorded in EP mode. I don't know about the other one since it was given to me.
    Thanks for your help!

  • Joseph Lathem
    Joseph Lathem Dec 16, 2011

    As a general rule, if you can't load it in a PC drive, the disc is corrupt. Your best luck is to try to record it again.

    Also DVD-Rs tend to work a bit better than +Rs on most DVD recorders for some reason.

    (Would have posted as a solution, but the solution box is missing on this page...)

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Hi,

It sounds like the disc were not finalized properly. Are you sure the player finalized the discs?

Posted on Apr 08, 2008

  • Damen Wong
    Damen Wong Apr 08, 2008

    What happens when you try this disc on the other DVD player and on the PC?

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