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Recording Error "Can not record on this disk/E4 54037380

I recored one time on a DVD-RW disc, worked fine.I went to formatt the disc to reuse it,seemed to do fine. When i put it back in to record from ( timer recording )it loades the disc then trys to formatt, after about 3sec.it gives me a message: Can not record on this disc.ERROR-E4/54037380.
Records fine with DVD-R disc.
I have tried new disc,different brand disc,unpluging the unit.My son has same model recorder he has no problem recording.I used the same disc he used (new & used)to do a check on my unit, no luck. Can you help?
When I load a DVD-R disk I get the error message Recording Error "Can not record on this disk" at the bottom of the error box is E$ 54037380. I've turned the machine off and unplug it but still the same message comes up when I load a blank disk. I have recorded over 45 events before this started to happen. Please advise.

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  • Miko03301 May 17, 2008

    Have same problem. Have done many recording, but now get same error. No change in disc type. HELP

  • bettinab May 19, 2008

    Mine does the same thing. It worked for years.........now nothing will record. Noone has an answer?>

  • bettinab May 19, 2008

    I have the same problem and same error message. I checked instructions and purchased EXACTLY the brand and kind of disk they suggested.......and it still doesn't work. I have used it to record for years.....this is puzzling. Anyone with a solution?

  • stubro Jun 15, 2008

    i have a toshiba it does exactly the same recorded ok for a year now i get same message please help

  • JinJin_can Sep 12, 2008

    have same problem .... and it happen after recording many tapes without problem as well ... sure I tried exactly what other did without success. I have Sylvania DVD recorder with video Cassette Recorder Mod. DVR90VF
    Plz. help


  • aaronnonaka Dec 30, 2008

    Exact same problem. I think my fix will be to never buy another Sylvania product again. I will also tell everyne I know and even strangers I do not know who are shopping near me in a store. aaronnonaka@yahoo.com

  • Anonymous Mar 17, 2014

    error message appears when i insert disc after it fails to load disk

  • Latrouche Achraf
    Latrouche Achraf Sep 04, 2014

    Disc incompatibility may be an issue with some disc MIDs. Every disc manufactured has a disc Media Identification Code (MID) that represents the disc manufacturer and the process they use to manufacture the disc. The drive/recorder manufacturer will tune their drives/recorders to the disc MID to allow for the optimum or best recording onto the disc. When newer MIDs become available, after the drive/recorder has been released to the market for sale, the drive/recorder manufacturer will tune to these newer MIDs and release a firmware update for the drive/recorder. These updates will program the drive/recorder to recognize the new MIDs of the discs. The buyer should check the drive/recorder website frequently to stay up to date on firmware to assure the best compatibility with the discs in the market. When a drive/recorder manufacturer has not tuned their drive/recorder to the disc MID the recorder may give an E4 54037380 error which indicates that the disc cannot be recognized by the drive/recorder. The discs may not be defective. It is more likely that the drive/recorder is not tuned to their MID. The buyer of the recorder should check with the recorder manufacturer to assure that the discs they purchased or plan to purchase are tuned to this recorder.

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I had that exact same problem. I would record a bunch of dvds with no problems for months and then some and one day it doesn't work. Only this showed up E4 EA03738B. However I've found the solution. Instead of going out and returning the recorder or buying new dvds just purchase a Laser Lense Cleaner. It's a dvd cleaner. Works like a charm.

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You have to use a writable disk that is 1 x -2 x . this is a slower speed than most current dvd players use. Try Sony DVD RW . i bought some at walgreens and they worked fine.
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SOURCE: dvd recorder won't record on DVD-RW disc.

CLEANING THE DISC LENS ? If this unit still does not perform properly although you refer to the relevant sections and to ?TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE? in this Owner?s Manual, the laser optical pickup unit may be dirty. Consult your dealer or an Authorized Service Center for inspection and cleaning of the laser optical pickup unit. FROM EWR20V5 OWNERS MANUAL FUNAI-CORP.COM

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