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I bought a reconditioned Samsung DVD VR 336 DVD and VCR Recorder

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I bought a reconditioned Samsung DVD VR 336 DVD and VCR Recorder so that I can record some TV programmes and also transfer VHS to DVD. It recognises some recordable DVD-R and -RW discs but not others and will not recognise any DVD+ discs. Why would it be so selective? Thank you for any advice!
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Electronics
Expert:  Richard Hill replied 4 years ago.

Pages 4/5 of this manual explain which discs will/will not work:

It's quite in depth, but it does say:

DVD+RW discs should not be used in this product.

- Not all brands of discs will be compatible with this unit.

Sorry, it's not better news, but at least you know what should and shouldn't work.

Best Regards,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Thank you.

I had already read the manual and realise that DVD+ discs are not compatible. However I have tried several makes of DVD- discs and only the ones from Asda work but not always straight away, I have to keep reloading them. Also the last recording was faulty in playback and kept sticking. As I have had the recorder over 18 months now and it didn't cost very much I am thinking I would be better off investing in a more reliable model that will take any kind of disc. Are there any you could recommend (with VHS) that are not too expensive?

Many thanks!

Expert:  Richard Hill replied 4 years ago.
Hi Gillian,

I've no personal experience of it, but Toshiba seem to be one of the few companies that have brought out a new VHS/DVD Recorder recently, the DVR20 and which is a reasonable price:

If you want a HDD as well look at Panasonic (Amazon), although I'm not sure that they still make these.

All have some limitations on which DVDs can be recorded to or played - you can check the Toshiba's compatibility on pg 8/9 of this manual:

Hope that helps.

Best Regards,

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Expert:  Richard Hill replied 4 years ago.
Hi Gillian,

Was my response helpful, or do you need any further assistance?

Best Regards,

Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi Richard,


Yes, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX was helpful. I have purchased a Panasonic dmr-ex98 from Ebay. It was rather expensive but the Panasonic recorders had the best reviews. This one has a hard drive/VHS/DVD/freeview and will record on most DVD types so it will be much more useful. Am just annoyed that I have hardly been able to use the Samsung, which cost me £70 in April 2012 and is now redundant. Reselling would be problematic so my only option is to give it away on freecycle!


Many thanks for your help.


Expert:  Richard Hill replied 4 years ago.
Hi Gillian,

Glad this is now resolved for you and many thanks for the positive rating.

All the best,