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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: 3 years ago.
Category: Electronics
Expert:  Richard Hill replied 3 years ago.
Hi,

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

http://downloadcenter.samsung.com/content/UM/200604/20060415103112312_01010A-VR330-336-XEU-ENG-BM.pdf

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

- LD, CD-G, CD-I, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, DVD+R and
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,

Richard
Customer: replied 3 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 3 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:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-DVR20-Digital-Recorder-Freeview/dp/B003LO2RIU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386082166&sr=8-1&keywords=dvd%2Fvhs+recorder#productDescription

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:

http://www.toshiba-om.net/DVD/PDF/English/Country_Specific/DVR20-English-Specific.pdf

Hope that helps.

Best Regards,

Richard
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Expert:  Richard Hill replied 3 years ago.
Hi Gillian,

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

Best Regards,

Richard
Customer: replied 3 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.


Gillian

Expert:  Richard Hill replied 3 years ago.
Hi Gillian,

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

All the best,

Richard

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