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Discs I always used -R discs & recorded tv programs fine. I just bought Sony DVD +RW discs so I could write over the programs I record & the recorder won't use them. It says - cannot use this disc. The manual says I can use them. What can be the problem? Also, I couldn't play a new DVD of Talledega Nights I borrowed recently. I can play other movies I buy or rent. Lynnette

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  • Lynnette Lee May 05, 2007

    I did try a DVD drive cleaner. It's not a wet type though. Does that make a difference?

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Hello, please try to clean the laser unit (OPU). You can use special (wet) cleaning disc obtainable at the market or ask the pro to do it for you. If you need more info please advice.

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