Solved Problem loading a Memorex DVD on a Magnavox recorder/player

December 17, 2012 at 12:48:48
Specs: Windows XP
I have a 3 year old Magnavox DVD player/recorder. I used Memorex disks to tape shows off the PC until about 6 months ago, that's when it told me that it can't record on this disk. I started using Maxwell CD's DVD+RW which worked fine. I run out the other day and got some Maxwell DVD+RW by mistake and it wont load, telling me I can not record on this disk. Since it's been over 6 months that I tried the same brand, could it be that I just got a bad patch of disks, the same has happened with my other DVD player/recorder which is a Toshiba and less than 3 years. Maybe these DVD's are not compatible with my players. Thank you for any suggestions.

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December 17, 2012 at 21:07:48
Just a couple of bits.

You can't change the mode on your domestic player. It will deal with the type of disk it finds (+ or -), assuming if it is capable of both.

It might be that the newer disks are higher speed. On your PC, depending on the software, it is most likely possible to lower the burn speed, which could help.

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#1
December 17, 2012 at 13:20:54
I think you mean "Maxell" not Maxwell (that's a brand of coffee!).

Try DVD+R media instead of DVD+RW. I know you can't erase and rewrite on DVD+R
but they are likely to be less trouble.

If your DVD recorder definitely says it's compatible with DVD+RW media, try a different brand as Maxell ones do not have a very good reputation (or at least that used to be the case).


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#2
December 17, 2012 at 13:35:04
Thank you Phil, yes, I meant Maxell, sorry for the error. I will try another brand, in the manual it says I can also use Sony +RW. Not too many other brands available where I live (Northern MI) as I use the DVD's to record my shows and only use them once before I erase them again. The sales guy in the store told me there is no difference any more between -RW and +RW, I do know that you can only record one on the, is that right? Thank you again.

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#3
December 17, 2012 at 14:00:41
There is some discussion in this regard here: http://ask.metafilter.com/7184/Whic... but the following entry in the thread is the one I have used for years:

"While DVD+R is arguably technically superior to DVD-R, DVD-R is more compatible. My rule of thumb is DVD-R for video, DVD+R for data, but since I can't be bothered to buy both, I buy DVD-R media most of the time so I can burn discs that will play in old DVD players like mine.
posted by hashashin at 10:32 PM on May 12, 2004"


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#4
December 17, 2012 at 14:45:44
I think NOT using RW is a good suggestion - they can be more fussy.

The other possibility is that the lenses on your players need cleaning.
If necessary try a cleaning kit (special DVD with pads and fluid).

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#5
December 17, 2012 at 16:13:29
Thank you for the feed back Derek. I cleaned the lenses on on both of my player/recorder and it will not format, manually or automatic. It will work with the Maxell Cd with no problem. In my manual it tells me that the best for my units are the +RW and -RW, so I think that the Memorex is just not compatible with my Magnovox recorder. Thank you for the link, very much appreciated.

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#6
December 17, 2012 at 16:22:45
Thank you Ewen for the link, I will check out the difference. My manual does say that I will have trouble recording on a +/- R but nothing about -RW, also I will be able to erase the -RW to use again. It still confusing to me what the +/- stands for when the sales person told me there is no difference any more, must pertain to the newer models. Thank you again and have a Merry Christmas!

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#7
December 17, 2012 at 16:33:08
The + and - refer to the recording methods adopted by two groups of companies.
I think the sales person was not "quite" right. The standards still apply but what he probably meant is that most modern players will accept both.

I'm a bit surprised about your manual. It is widely accepted that + or - R's are more reliable than + or - RW's (if only down to the fact that the latter get burned several times). That has been my own general experience and also that of forum members here.

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#8
December 17, 2012 at 17:19:25
Not sure why you'd have problems with +/-R vs. RW, but if it's an older drive (7 years or better) it may be somewhat "fussy" about what it'll burn. I've got some machines that will burn some brands just fine, others not at all, and others that are just the inverse...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."


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#9
December 17, 2012 at 20:32:12
Thank you T-R-A for your feed back. It tells me in the manual that a DVD-R recorded in the mode other than +VR is not recordable in this unit, how do I get it to record in the +VR mode? I will play around with it this weekend and see what I come up with.

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#10
December 17, 2012 at 20:45:17
Derek, I've been using the Memorex +DVD's since I purchased the unit on the recommendation of the sales person, never had any problems until about 6 months ago, that's when I got a "can not record on this disk". I returned them to the store, the sales person could not figure out why they stopped working but suggested I use the Maxell DVD's and maybe Memorex did something to update their DVD's for the newer models of recorders. I've had no problems with these so far, but maybe I should try the =/-R and see what happens. I will post the results as soon as I find out by this weekend. I've got more answers from this forum than from the inquiries at the stores. Thank you so much for your help.
Happy Holidays!

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December 17, 2012 at 21:07:48
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Just a couple of bits.

You can't change the mode on your domestic player. It will deal with the type of disk it finds (+ or -), assuming if it is capable of both.

It might be that the newer disks are higher speed. On your PC, depending on the software, it is most likely possible to lower the burn speed, which could help.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#12
December 17, 2012 at 21:34:14
Thank you Derek, learned something new here. I still plan on trying the -DVD, as long as I can erase the shows I tape and are able to use them again, that is what I mostly use the DVD recorder for, to record the shows I can't watch at the time they are playing.

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#13
December 24, 2012 at 21:02:00
After a trip to several stores I was told that the Memorex DVD changed to higher speed for the newer models of DVD players that are on the market now, that could be one of the reasons why it would not be compatible with my model. I sent away for the Verbatim DVD+RW from Walmart, they did not carry them at the local store here and I have been using them since I got them delivered 2 days ago.
Thank you all for your feedback, it is appreciated.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

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#14
December 25, 2012 at 17:53:16
Thanks for taking the trouble to pop back and let us know.

Happy New Year to you and yours.

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#15
December 25, 2012 at 18:50:53
Happy New Year to you and all the best wishes!

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