Lately, I record with timer - can't pull up screen to create top menu or to see what's recorded.. get message that it's playback only but I haven't had a chance to fix it for playing on other machines. I think it sucks. Discs also, blank or just formatted, or suddenly "playback only" although blank. Have had a Samsung where similar problems happened.
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Re: is it dying?
If the player is in VCR mode you will get this problem when loading discs, make sure the light on the front shows dvd. It also happens when trying to record form VHS to DVD in the dubbing menu if you are in DVD mode.
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Secure the audio/video connection cables that attach the source device you are trying to record from. Try this step if you do not see a picture when trying to record from a source device onto the Device. After unplugging the cable and checking for any damage, plug the cables back and attempt to record the content to see if this resolved the problem.
Secure the power cable that attaches the device to an electrical source if the unit will not power on or if it intermittently loses power. If you think a malfunctioning surge protector may be at fault, you can 'bypass' the surge protector by plugging the device into an electrical outlet. Replace any surge protectors that appear to be malfunctioning and have an electrician examine any outlets that appear to be "dead."
Insert the disc that you would like to record
Press the "Edit Menu" button on the remote control while playing the disc or while playback is stopped.
Use the up and down arrows to select "DVD-Video Finalizing" in the on-screen menu, then press "Enter."
Under "Menu Create" select "None," then under "After play final title" select "Stop." Select "Next" to move to the next screen.
Select "Writing" in the lower right of the screen.
Select "Yes" or "No" to tell the machine if you want it to power down when finalizing is complete. Finalizing will then begin and a progress bar will appear.
Contact your electronics dealer or the Toshiba service department if the disc still does not finalize.
It sounds as though the unit is actually recording a DVD, but is getting no incoming signal to record.
What is your recording source?
Satellite and receiver?
In the set-up menu, be sure you have chosen the proper input source; i.e., recording from where?
You may be able to access that menu through the Function button on the remote, AFter setting that menu, be sure to press Return to restore the recorder to the ready mode.
If you are using the RF input for recording, be sure that is selected as well, as opposed to L1 or L2. The input channel must match the output channel on your receiver, usually channel 3 or four.
What is the model number?
This is problem exactly with finalizing for finalizing after disk burning You need to press stop button and finalising menu will appear in your display at that time you need to press Record button top finalize it will take a little time for finalizing then your DVD will play fine in all DVD players
It is true that the manual says it can record 100 or more hours...but that is at the lowest resolution. You can go to the menu screen and from there go to the recording properties and play around with different recording resolutions that best fit your recording needs. Also, the DVR uses a Hard Drive just as any computer does and within' time it becomes fragmented... that may cause it to record less hours even if you delete recordings. You can format the internal hard drive by going to the main menu screen and press and hold (for about 10 seconds) the OPEN and PLAY buttons on the unit (not the remote). At this time you should see the words FORMAT on the LCD screen and the unit will shut off. Keep in mind that formatting will erase everything on the hard drive so make sure you back up to DVD whatever you want to keep. Hope this helps.