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Im trying to hood my cell to my comtuper it say i need a disc

Posted on Oct 03, 2008

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Hi, there is no real solution, but there is a workaround so you don't have to throw away the device.
It is troublesome, but it is still possible to record/overwrite DVD-RW discs, but you will need a computer too.

The following steps have to be executed without ejecting the disc in between, or powering the device off and on again !!!

Step 1: Erase the rewritable disc on a personal computer. Do a FULL erase because quick won't work later on.
(A free pc program you can use is CDBurnerXP (windows platform))

Step 2: Insert the disc in the divice. This is now the only time it will recognize the disc and offer to initialize it. Do initialize it (or format or whatever it is named with your device).

Step3: Again manually (through the menu) initialize it again but now in DVD-Video format instead of the automatically choosen DVD-VR format.

Step 4: Do some recording or dubbing, but not a timed recording because that would power the device down.

Step 5: Finalize the disc.

Step 6: Eject the disc

-> Now the disc has a valid recording although the device won't recognize the disc anymore.

Step 7: You can power the device down or whatever, because it won't read the disc anymore anyway.

Step 8: Put the disc in a dvd-device on a computer system.

Step 9: Copy the files from the disc to the harddisc of the pc-system. If you have choosen DVD-Video format in Step3 this will work. With DVD-VR format of the recorded movie it is more difficult so I will not explain that.

Step 10: On your PC burn a DVD-Video movie with these files from your harddisk (Use CDBurnerXP for instance). Preferably burn it to a DVD+R disc, and not to the troublesome DVD-R discs. Note the minus sign. (-R is always more troublesome than +R !!!)

-> Now you have your recordings on a valid burned DVD+R disc in DVD-VIDEO format.
The disc will play in all devices, although it still might not play in your recording device!
But your device is still usable to make recordings of TV or Camcorder, and you can transfer the recordings to a valid recorded disc which will play in at least all other normal devices.

So with this workaround devices with an LG DVD Recorder in it, which sooner or later will show the Disc not Recognized problem, are still usable as a recording device.

Posted on Jul 10, 2009


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.

Posted on Jul 14, 2008

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