Question about LG RC185 DVD Recorder/VCR

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Intermitten problem Hey there. I've had my player for 2 years, have had a pretty good use of it. I have divx encoded videos burnt on a DVD R/RW and use the player for playback Lately, I have a problem. Some discs when loaded stop responding after I try to navigate down the list of available DivX videos and the recorder "crashes". I have to reset the player by pressing the on/off button for a few seconds. I remove the disc from the tray, clean it, load it up again and sometimes it plays, sometimes it doesn't. Some errors come up which say "cannot play file", even though I had just watched a video, or that I had just burnt a disc and will not load up. I do use a DVD cleaner disc to clean the player every week or so. This sometimes solves the problem. I can confirm that the videos were standard divx file. Is there anything I can do to remedy this problem as it is getting quite annoying.

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  • uzziwozzi Jun 09, 2008

    Jeepers, I think you'vre solved it. My laptop software has been updated, discs are the same. Will try to roll back the changes if I can and let you know if this solves the problem. Thanks!

  • uzziwozzi Jun 15, 2008


    A friend of mine has the same DVD/VCR combi, so I've given her the discs that I've had a problem with. It's quite annoying as I spend a while watching a DVD and the next time I go see something, the darn thing crashes.

    Is this something that could be the player or the dvd burn? I've reduced the burn speed to 2x now, so will check out my latest disc.

    Thank you kindly for all yoru help.

  • uzziwozzi Jul 13, 2008

    Hi there,

    Back again. I was arguing, punching and yelling at my DVD player again today.

    When my friend played the discs, she had the same problem. So in theory, the discs were faulty. I re-burned them at a lower speed, and with DVD-R and they work perfectly... until I tried playing back two dvds that I had.

    The discs just would not play, I tried cleaning the heads again and I realised the discs I was playing were the "older" ones that were corrupt. I am getting quite fed up with this problem and I think I'll buy another dvd recorder which plays back avi/divx videos. I have many, many of my downloads which i woul dlove to see on my TV and not laptop!

  • eswee Nov 17, 2008

    My RC 185 has given me many hours of happy recoding and viewing DVDs.

    Unfortunately this weekend it stopped recognising the DVD-R disks which I have previously recorded on the very same machine.

    Strangely enough it still does recognise the DVD+RW disks (2 different manufacturers) and is able to record the same, but the –R’s are a problem.

    Many of the previously recorded DVD’s had not been "finalised", leaving me with disks I cannot use on other machines and yet it has recordings on those DVD’s which I must be able to see.

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010

    If you're using Nero their updates are notorious for coming out broken.

    I'll look forward to hearing from you either way.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers May 11, 2010


    Have you changed the maker of your burnable discs lately? Gone from one brand to another for some reason.

    Have you continued to use the slowest burn rate in your software program?




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Posted on Jun 15, 2008

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 15, 2008


    Thanks for the Rating, so many people don't rate at all.

    I was hoping to get to a point in this process where we got you fixed. I need your feedback on this and look forward to hearing how your friend's player plays your discs.

    Keep this in mind. Divx Codecs have changed a LOT in the time since your player was manufactured.

    And, a lot of people have abandoned Divx since it is now such a problem.

    If you can avoid Divx Encoders I would recommend that.

    I looked up your player at a site I recommend. And your player was posted by one person as not playing SVCD XSVCDs Which is a shame as I like that format myself as you can use CDs. It also has problems not playing MPEG encodes. There were no comments on any Media working or not.

    From what I saw at this player is not is use much or has no problems. I would keep in mind the issue with your player being behind the CODEC updates to date. So, with Nero as a recorder I would stick with last update to Version 6 or maybe version 7, but likely the former as the Codecs used by Nero should be more compatible with your player.

    Anyhow, keep me up to date as there are other options.

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jul 13, 2008

    The best advice I can give you on a new DVD player is Older is better if you can find a good one. Mine is at least 5 years old and not subject to the copyright protection schemes in use today which could be adding to your problems. The courts have said you have the right to make a backup of your DVD but Sony and Phillips don't want you playing them.

    Next, the cheaper the player the better. The inexpensive players use DVD drives designed for PC. The more expensive the DVD player the more likely you'll get a proprietary DVD drive that has methods for examining discs for the copyright algorithm. And if its not there it won't play.

    Let me know if you want me to preselect a good player, but you can go get a good list at


    PS You can always change the rating on this post anytime. Just wanted to point that out. I hope you will come back to when you need help with anything, vacuums to toaster ovens from washing machines to refrigerators Its not just electronics and computers.



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