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# 15302 14-Aug-2007 21:59
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Six months ago brought my elderly  folks a DVD recorder which suddenly refused to record any DVDs from material stored on the hard drive. Up to this point it had happily allowed them to back up their favorite movies to disc without problem. It is a multiformat machine that happily would copy to DVD-R or DVD+R and the double layrer ones plus DVDram.
It would also not play any discs it had previously burnt that it had played fine up to this point. Strangely it would play commercially recorded discs. All pretty weird. Well under the 5 year extended warranty off it went to be repaired. The local agent said it had a problem in the DVD ram memory but now 3 weeks later the repair outlet it was sent to said there was nothing wrong with it but that you could only use PANASONIC DISCS in it as panasonic dvd recoders dont accept other discs. He even tried to sell my 75 year old parents the discs over the phone for a princely sum.

Odd that it would accept any and all for 6 months. Any one know if Panasonics are own brand specific in terms of the discs you can put in them or if these guys are talking rubbish. Were not talking fancy DVD ram just simple one time recordeable DVDs. My folks tried to get info from their local electronics shop but the floor staff didnt have a clue as per usual.
Much Thanks for any insights.

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  # 82424 14-Aug-2007 23:35
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No they are not own brand specific in terms of what you can record to. You are being given a load of rubbish. I've happily recorded to generic DVD-R/RW & +R/RW disks on a Panasonic DVD recorder. The only possible exception to that may be DVD-RAM as the only ones I have found anywhere locally are Panasonic branded.

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  # 82497 15-Aug-2007 13:51
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Get them to try a different brand of DVD media. I have a Sony and have heard of people having difficulty with some cheaper DVD disks. I have also found this on my home PC which would not reliably burn to some DVD media that I got from the warehouse.

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