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I HAVE A EWR20V4 EMERSON DVD RECORDER. I HAVE BEEN USING MAXELL DVD-RW W/LOGO SHOWN IN MANUAL120 MIN | UP TO/MAX 2X. AS FAR AS I KNOW, THESE STILL ARE RECORDABLE AS SOME ARE NOT YET FULL. I COULD NOT PURCHASE THIS BRAND AT THE STORE WHERE I SHOP SO PUCHASED A TDK BRAND DVD-RW 1-4X 4.7 GB/GO. I GET A ERROR MESSAGE (DISC ERROR) PLEASE EJECT DISC, PLAYBACK FEATURE MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THIS DISC. WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?. IS THIS MACHINE SENSITIVE TO DIFFERENT BTANDS OF DISC'S?.

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Yes all the DVD recorders are very sensitive to what brand is fed to them......go back to your ole faithful Maxell here are 3 sites you can try......J & R music, Amazon.com or Ebay

  1. http://www.jr.com/product/productListing.jsp?Ntt=maxell+dvd+blank
  2. http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_tref_p_brandtextbin_1?rh=n%3A1036658%2Cp_brandtextbin%3AMaxell%2Ck%3Advd+blank+media&keywords=dvd+blank+media&ie=UTF8&qid=1282862945&rnid=15784691
  3. http://shop.ebay.com/i.html?rt=nc&LH_BIN=1&_nkw=maxell+dvd&_trksid=p3286.c0.m301
note if you updated (firmware) your player you may need to purchase the dvd w/ 4x-16 speed..

Posted on Aug 26, 2010

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Need a firmware upgrade. Emerson will charge you for it. Otherwise you need to find Dvds it will accept. Hard to do with all of the newer dvds. -RW only 1Xor 2X. -R 1X-2X. Memorex would not work for me. Multi- speed dvds over listed speeds will not work. Maxell -R 1X-4X worked for me. Good luck finding any.

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I think that was the current burning speed at the time this unit came out, but you can call the Emerson 800 number & get a firmware upgrade disc ($23 w. S&H, I think) that will allow you to record the "more modern" DVD's. I haven't tried it, as I'm happy with (most of) my huge collection of Maxell's & recently found Fuji -R's & -RW's to work just fine.

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Simple any blank dvd medium is fine. Depends on size of file you want on dvd either 4.7 G or a double layer. Also either + or - are fined, depends on your machine.

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The problem is likely that you are using 8x/2x media. Though the booklet does not say it, the burner does not support anything above 4x for DVD-R and 1x for DVD-RW. Calling their tech support can (possibly) get an update for this problem. Otherwise, the burner cannot use anything but outdated media.

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