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I have an emerson EWR20V4 Dvd VHS combo recorder. When I put in a blank disk Memorex DVD-R 16X 4.7GB or TDK DVD-r 1-16X 4.7GB afafter loading the disk it says disk error - this disk may not be readable to playback. I bought a lebse cleaner disk and also purchased a firmware upgrade disk and still get the error. I am ready to give up.

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Hello,

How long have you been using this player? I suspect the laser (lens) of your player. The laser is weak such that it cannot burn/record blank discs anymore even though it might still be playing DVD or audio Cd's.

This is a very common problem once a laser is getting weak. Cleaning the laser with a cleaner cannot revive the laser. Except you replace the laser to a brand new one the player might not be read blank disks.

Good luck.

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It will not load certain dvd discs


Below is a list of discs that should or should not be used with the DVD recorders.
DVD-R
4x can be used
8x will result in a disc error.
DVD-RW
2x can be used
4x will result in a disc error.
The following discs have been tested and are proven to be compatible with our DVD recorders.
MEMOREX DVD-R
FUJIFILM DVD-R
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IMATION DVD-RW
IMATION DVD-R 2.0
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The following are brands of discs we DO NOT recommend:
MEMOREX DVD-RW
SONY DVD-RW
SONY DVD-R
TDK DVD-RW 4x
TDK DVD-R 4x

Please be aware that a free software upgrade is now available to customers. This upgrade will enable your unit to recognize the (DVD-R 8x) discs. To obtain a copy, please call 1-800-242-7158. Customer service by phone is available 7 days a week 6:00am to 9:00pm pacific time.

In order to receive the upgrade we need to know what firmware version your unit requires. First you need to access the DVD recorders service mode. Turn on the DVD Recorder and the Television, make sure the unit is on the DVD side. You may access the service mode by pressing the CMSKIP button on the remote control. Once you press CMSKIP you must press the numbers 1,2,3. You must do this quickly so it may take a couple tries. The model name will appear on the screen followed by Firmware Version. I need to know the serial number next to FE:
Press the RETURN button to exit screen.


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Torrance, CA 90501
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Feb 07, 2010 | Emerson EWR20V4 DVD Recorder/VCR

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I bought DVD's and to my understanding that i need


While it is true that not all dvd players will play,record, or even acknowledge some media I don't think you need a firmware.4X -16X is the max . write speed of the DVD disc. It should be OK with slower speed machines.What did you use before? Good Luck.


















































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Can't find a dvd that will work in EWR20V4


Go to Office Depot buy TDK brand 16x DVD's thay are the only one's other than the Sony 8x that my machine can use. the Sony 8x which are getting harder and harder to find work great. Just go to O/D and buy a small pack of 25 or 50 of the TDK -R 16x DVD's and test them on your machine.

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Using up to 16x disks


This units DVD drive is only able to spin at a max of 8x on DVD-Rs and max of 2x on DVD-RWs. Also, this unit is a - only recorder. This means if it is a +, it's not going to work.
Since the unit is a DVD-R 4x max recorder, the unit will need to have it's firmware upgraded. This will only help to record to a DVD-R 8x. You can purchase this upgrade with the manufacture of the unit. Call the 1-800 number listed in your manual and press 3. They will walk you thru the steps to find out which upgrade is needed.

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DVD Recording


One of the above posts also states that this recorder will not record at above 8x speeds -- sigh. i, too, have like a stack of 100 16x DVDs. Not good, but at today's prices we just gotta go out and see if we can find the slower one.

Have a great day! :)

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No playback


The dvd player does not recognize discs above 2x. I contacted Emerson, they have a software upgrade they will send you for free, but you have to ask for it. I think it gives the player the ability to read up to 8x.

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Emerson DVD recorder EWR20V4 My DVD Recorder will not record on DVD-r or DVD-rw disc of any brand.Displays can not record on this disc. Shows E24 At the bottom of diplay.


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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