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I have an emerson dvd recorder uses dvd-rw worked fine for awhile now dosnt record on all dvd-rw just a few from time to time wonty record on any new ones i have purchased just a few older ones..cant format disc says cannot record on this disc says e4 54037380
thanks for any info
robert mathieu

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Can you send me your recorder's model #. I know this isn't easy so I'll include a link to a file at called winaudit.exe. When you land on this page click on one of the links under "Download From" and give it a minute and your download will start. The program doesn't install it runs from wherever you put it, so you desktop is just fine. Double click the icon and then click on here, just leave the default option for how the results are displayed. This program will audit you PC and give you more information than you will know what to do with, but is great for us techs. We, techs, carry it on our Pen Drives to do support in the home.

When you have the results page, you will feel a bit overwhelmed by the Contents pane. Here's what to do:
1.) click on the plus sign for Hardware Devices
2) click on the plus sign for DVD/CD-ROM drives
Yours should be listed below, click on it and in the right pane you will see the model number amongst other details. You can select and copy the text entries in the pane for your drive and paste them back to me if you want.


Still, what I believe your issue will be is that the recorder you have will only support media manufactured for the record/write speeds of your recorder. Theoretically, your media shouldn't make a difference, but each blank CDR/DVD-R has bits of code on it that tell the recorder what it is and what the capabilities are. This data in particular is what is probably causing your problems. If Emerson hasn't abandoned your product there may be an updated called 'firmware' that resolves this problem. I'll be glad to check for you once I have the model number.

Oh, by the way, the model number is on the top of your recorder but requires you to remove it from your PC, but this is really unnecessary for you as WinAudit should give us the same information.

Would you also please tell me what it is you are trying to record?


Posted on Jun 14, 2008

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 15, 2008

    Of course, should be talking about a set top DVD player let me know.

  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jun 15, 2008


    I looked up your recorder at this location on which I use as a resource a lot.

    You can see by following the link your recorder does not support a lot of media recorder formats. And, when recording, record at LP speeds.

    Sorry there isn't any easy answer to your question that will fix you. But you can be informed on what media to avoid.

    Since I can't really fix you please don't rate this solution at all unless you feel better informed and can go on with this information. In that case, a Fixed rating would be appreciated otherwise please don't rate as Helpful. It means more to us to have the higher rating when we answer request an other problems for free and not for a fee.




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