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DVD -R finalizing

I have a Sony DVD Recorder (RDR-VX500) that originally had no problems with any brands of disks. Now, it won't finalize hardly any brands even those brands that originally posed no problems.

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  • Mvillager Dec 12, 2007

    I have the Sony DVD/VCR Combo VX515 and I have been using the same dvd's to record on never had a problem finalizing until now I cannot finalize at all.

    I hear it spinning and it sounds like its burning & it looks like its going to complete but it doesnt - it just keeps saying finalizing and I cannot doing anything with the machine - I have to unplug the unit to reset it.

  • lsuboy06 Jul 05, 2008

    mine is doing it too. when dubbing homemade tapes to dvds it will say "finalizing", the progress bar will move across then it just stops after a couple of minutes and I have to unplug it to reset. Does anyone else hear a sound like the dvd is stopping suddenly and restarting to spin while finalizing?

  • fontmaven Jan 20, 2009

    I have the same problem: once years ago with the RDR-VX515 and now with an LG machine. I have tried switching brands of DVDs, with no change in results. The DVD-r 16xs have previously worked and now will record but fail at finalizing.



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Using a dvd+r with 1-16x speed is not advisable for this recorder. It may work but in the long run may cause some trouble. check the manual for compatible disc. it will give you hints on what disc to buy and use. Unfortunately this unit is only compatible with dvd+r dvd-r that are 8x speed or slower. hope this helps.

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You maybe need to clean up the laser head and try it out again,it may help.

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