Hi there -- I just burned a few DVDs using the DVR-520H, and stupidly forgot to finalize the disks. Is there anyway to use a laptop / software to finalize the disks, or do I have to use the DVR? (I just left on a business trip for a couple of months, so I will be without the DVR for awhile, which is why I'm asking.)
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The recording may have used all the media on the disk because you let it run until it was full. Now, there is no room to finalize the disk.
Play this back on the machine where it was recorded while recording it to another DVD recorder.. This time, BE THERE to stop the recording. Set the recorder to a speed that leaves at least 10 minutes extra space for finalization.
Finalizing a disc is a software issue. When you start to burn a disc there's a check box that will say something like "Finalize Disc" or "Allow no further recording to this disc". Depends on the software. Personally, I use Nero.
Try this. In your SETUP options, ensure that AUTO FINALIZE and FINALIZE AT END OF TIMER are turned OFF. Insert DVD. Press SETUP button. Be patient. Once DVD has loaded the DISK FINALIZE option will be available. You can then FINALIZE. I found it much cheaper to get DVD-R from Radio Shack (about $5 for 25) for VHS movies that I know I want to keep.They do record up to 6 hours, even though the packaging is unclear on this point.
Cyberhome has gone out of business in the US. My DVR 1200 stopped working but I was able to repair some capacitors on the power supply to get it going again. You can find more support information about the 1200 and 1600 on these websites:
and search for Cyberhome.