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DVD-RW error on toshiba recorder

I'm trying to record from sky+ to a Verbatim DVD-RW 4x (as recommended in the manual) using a Toshiba D-R160SB dvd recorder. As soon as I put the disk in the recorder it starts to load and then format the disk (in VR mode) followed by an error message "recording error / cannot record to this disk". I have managed to record to a cheap dvd-r (albeit in 4:3 format rather than 16:9). Also on the setup there is no option to select video mode on VR mode.

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SOURCE: Toshiba DVR recorder incorrect disk message

You could try the factory initializing process I found on another webesite (AVS Forums): "Had this message pop up a few weeks ago. Tried the solutions in the manual, no go. Tried unplugging it for 7 days, no go. Called Toshiba customer service @1-800-631-3811, the tech told me: 1) turn on TV and set to receive your DVD signal 2) Turn on DVD player and remove any discs 3) put Dvd / VCR selector on DVD 4) at the same time, push channel selector button UP (^) along with the PLAY button 5) hold the buttons down until TV screen shows "Initializing" message, release buttons, let DVD player go thru it's reset cycle and shut down 6) turn DVD player on and watch your DVD movies now Works like a charm. Put this in your manual for the next time." My unit has not worked since December of last year, I only had it for one year and it conveniently stopped working right after the one year warranty. My unit was not functioning whatsoever past turning it on, but when I did the factory initialization I was able to operate my unit again....UNFORTUNATELY, it still does not read disks, I still get the "Incorrect Disk" message. I guess I could consider it progress. But still try it, it may work for you. My unit just seems to be fried beyond repair. If anyone has any suggestions on how to correct the incorrect disk problem, I would be greatly appreciative. I'm not ready to throw mine away yet!

Posted on Sep 08, 2007

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SOURCE: Toshiba DVR recorder incorrect disk message

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Posted on Oct 05, 2008

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SOURCE: Says blank DVD-RW is not formatted, then formats -- then error

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.

Posted on Jan 01, 2009

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SOURCE: Disc initialization Toshiba D-R250SB recorder

can i suggest you record vhs tapes on maxell dvd-r or tdk dvd-r (if you wish to keep them) used the dvd-rw to record those sporting events / movies or specials that you might not be around for....(because any one can accidently erase an dvd-rw).......now that formatting dvd-rw issue. i found that dynex http://www.dynexproducts.com/c-11-storage-media.aspx dvdv-rw works best with toshiba . i record all the ultimate fights erase (format) after i look at and on to next good luck

Posted on May 30, 2009

gopakumarg43

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SOURCE: I recently purchased a new Toshiba DVD recorder

Hello
Before start predetermined recording modes, be sure the clock has been set to current time. this is most important.

[1] Turn on the TV and press

[ON/STANDBY], and be sure to

select the input of the TV to which
the unit is connected.

[2] Press [OPEN/CLOSse] to open the

disc tray. Place the disc to record on
properly.

[3] Press [OPEN/CLOSE ] to close the
disc tray.

[4] Select the input of the unit which the

external device is connected. (L1, L2
or L3)

[5] Press [REC MODE] repeatedly to
select a recording mode

[6] Press [ REC] on the unit to start
recording

Posted on May 25, 2011

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