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?
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.