I've tried several types of blank discs and even tried one that I formatted on my desktop with the same result.
My unit plays DVDs no problem. Are different kinds of discs really that important and how important is recording speed?
I went to Sony and the "tech support" there was worthless - the guy must have been typing with his nose, one key at a time, he was so slow - 20 minutes to get no real answer! Sheesh!
Also, what is up with all these other posts that are NOT for this model?
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I would spray inside the unit with compressed air. Then you need to use a cleaning dvd. I would try several dvds or blue ray discs to see if you have a bad disc. If this fails you may need to replace or repair the unit.
What does the instruction manual say about what to use? Personally I buy Taiyo Yuden and have never had a problem. In Radio we used a lot of CDRW900 units and they used them many times a day using standard data discs. Name brand discs like Maxell and the rest are there for profit- they don't make discs so they do not regulate the quality. Go to supemediastore.com and read up on media quality and you will end up with what I use.
Do you mean it won't format/initialize the disc? Alternative possible problem, when you put in a disc, does it not recognize that a blank disc is in the unit? Only DVD-RAM discs need formatting. DVD-RW discs need to be initialized. DVD-R disc do not need either formatting or initializing. (This unit does not write to DVD+R or DVD+RW discs.)
In the case of DVD-RW discs that can't be initialized. Check if this has already been done (or if you need to unfinalize the disc).
If the new disc is not being recognized as a blank disc, the recorder may not be recognizing the disc (dirt, scratches or manufacturing issue) or the recorder is not focusing on the disc properly. In the first case, clean the disc or try a different type of disc (Samsung claims that their discs will be most compatible). In the second case, the unit may need service.
I hope this helps.
Cindy Wells (usually tracking and focus problems will be seen on both recording and playback (even with commercial discs).)
I have same TOSHIBA D-VR4XSU VCR/DVD RECORDER. According to the
manual, you (COULD) can use for recording: DVD-RAM, DVD-RW and DVD-R (see page 50). WRONG!!! I bought all 3 types of discs, but after few
weeks I got same experience you got now. Just type DVD-R works. The other
types were - wasted money and a lot of time trying to finalize the disc. I had to
throw all into the garbage. Try DVD-R and you should?? be O.K.
I presume at this stage you have tried a different type of dvd disc and not just the one type and you are using the correct format dvdr for your machine.If you have tried all this it could be the laser,but make sure you try everthing else before replacing optic assy.