I have used 16x's but they were Sony +R's , besides this brand I will only use rewriteables which it doesnt seem to matter what brand those are. I only have used the +RW's though.My MU unit likes both but my ZU unit doesnt like th RW's as well. Wants to format and finalize, whereas my MU doesn't insist on finalizing it. Try the Sony discs. I just wait till they go on sale and stock up. IF this doesn't work maybe your unit is failing.
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There are no specific brands, however Verbatim are widely considered the best. Your, problem, however, is unlikely the brand of the media and more likely the recording speed of the media. Most blank DVD's on the market are 16x or faster and your machine (c. 2005) doesn't support anything faster than 4x. When I was reading the manual it referred to the "state of the art" 8x discs that the machine didn't have the ability to support. The discs you need are available and often are labeled as 2x - 4x meaning that they will support any drives that burn at a 2x - 4x spin rate. Also, be sure that you are not purchasing DVD+R and DVD+RW as they are not compatible with your unit.
You can't use 16x or anything that says 1x-16x or 1x-4x.
The 4X speed DVD-R are difficult to find. (Tried Office Depot,OfficeMax, Staples, Microcenter,Best Buy and Walgreens!) Finally found Princo brand at checkoutstore.com http://www.checkoutstore.com/Princo-4X-DVD-R-4-7GB-White-Top-p/prin4wt.htm They worked great!
Try Sony DVD-R disc's, they seem to work with most DVD players.
The best DVD-R disc's you can get are Taiyo Yuden.
The speed of the disc is not important as long as it is fast enough for your player, meaning that you can use an 8X or 16X disc on a 4X burner, but not a 4X disc with a 16X burner.
Many manufacters will reccomend the type of disc to use for best performance in the users manual.
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I posted this in another person's question but it is probably relevant to you as well. This model (which I own myself) is outdated and needs a firmware upgrade. You might get lucky and get one from their tech support. However, I heard they stopped shipping them nearly a year ago.
As it stands your recorder can only use DVD-R that records at 4x (or lower) and DVD-RW that records at 1x. Any other media is useless. Since 4x media is outdated, it may be hard to find at a major retailer.
Let me know if you have any luck fixing this or finding working DVDs as I have had the same issue myself. I simply cannot find 4x DVDs in the store.
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.
Check to see if you are using 16x media. If you are you need to get a firmware upgrade from Toshiba. Contact their support number listed inside of the manual. They will ship you a dvd to insert into the unit.