We have just bought a samsung R-130 dvd recorder and as of yet have not yet been able to record anything as every blank DVD+R or DVD+RW we put in the machine we are told it cannot play the disc. We have not been asked to format any discs as per the instruction book we have tried different type of discs and had the same result. We have check region compatibilty and this is fine.
It most annoying as we are getting the same message over and over and the disc is ejected.
Anyone got any ideas (other than taking it back to the shop!!!)
I had the same problem reading DVD's (including even brand new, store bought movies). One thing that helps greatly is to load the DVD, then turn the power off. Then turning the power back on with the DVD already in seems to work MUCH BETTER, and works most (but not all) of the time.
Re: burning, I have had good success with HP DVD-R's
From other sites and my own experiences I find that:
1. dvd-r disk bought on sale tend to not work, I buy only the top quality disk.
2. r-130 tends to work well at the slower speeds so recording at 4hrs. or six hrs tends to work.
3. I also discovered that if you hold the info buttom down for more then around 7 seconds it goes into safe mode, to get out you have to hold the info button down again for the same amount of time. There may be other buttoms one should not hold down for to long.
I had the same problem and after reading and trying allot of disks I found the following to work.
Maxell - RW disk. Did a complete format on my computer (takes a while).
Burned a DVD using Vista DVD burner with only a Jpg as per one of the
other posts. Once the disk plays. Stop and goto disk management and
format using DVD-V (VR did not work).
I know its not pretty but at least its better than throwing it in the garbage bin.
Try this: i got one of these with the same problem. the problem i found is that the stupid machine looks for a track on the disc, before determining if it is blank and un-formted. (samsung doesnt give a crap, or they would have updated software for it) I stuck a blank disk in my computer, dropped a clip on it and then erased it. wala, the player see's it, and formats it.
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I bought a lens cleaner and ran it and it still would not accept blank dvd-r. I loaded some old recordings I made to see if they would play and they did. I noticed these were recorded on "Staples" brand dvd-r bought at Staples office supply store. I went out and bought some more of these and they work!! For whatever reason, the unit accepts these and I have made 5 copies and they all copy and play fine. Now i need to go get some more! The Maxell just won't work in my player. Too bad I bought 100!
Some DVD recorders don't like some types of blank discs. You could have two discs the same but made by different companys and it might only record to one. Also this recorder will only record to - discs eg. DVD-R, DVD-R DL and DVD-RW. Hope this helps.
I my DVD-HR735 wont recognise any discs at times, and is getting worse. I've now discovered (out of frustration) that if I tip the front up to between 30-45 degrees, it will play all the discs it says were unreadable. I've started jamming three dvd boxes under the front of the machine when i want to play dvds.
The reason why you are having this problem is because you haven't finalized the disc. In able for you to play that Burned DVD that you have you need to Finalized the disc.
Finalizing a recordable optical disc means writing the disc's lead-in (the Table of Contents or TOC) and lead-out information (blank data that fills up the unused space at the end of the disc) so that a DVD player will know where the various tracks begin and end. Without the TOC, a conventional DVD player will not be able to read the contents of the disc.
Once the disc is finalized, no more information can be written to it. Finalizing takes about two or three minutes.
To finalize a DVD-RW/DVD-R:
1. Press the Menu button with the disc stopped.
2. Select Disc Manager and press Enter or the right arrow.
3. Select Disc Finalize and press Enter or the right arrow.
You will be asked twice if you are sure that you want to finalize the disc. Select Yes and press Enter.
Once the disc is finalized, you cannot delete entries from the record list. After being finalized, the DVD-R/DVD-RW (video mode) operates in the same manner as a DVD-Video. Recorded discs must be finalized in order to play back in non-Samsung DVD players.
A DVD-RW disc that has been recorded by DAO (disk-at-once mode) in a PC cannot be unfinalized.
A DVD-RW disc that has been recorded in Video Mode on a non-Samsung recorder cannot be unfinalized by a Samsung recorder.
A DVD-R disc cannot be unfinalized.
Note: Finalization does not apply to DVD-RAM.
If you cannot finalize a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc, make sure that Disc Protection is turned off. If you are still having difficulty, you may try calling technical support of SAMSUNG.
Note: Do not turn the recorder off while it is finalizing the disc. Data on the disc will be damaged if the finalization process is interrupted.