Originally Posted by profhat
This is weird, bc the DVD are finalized and play back fine on your other DVD recorders...
Obviously there must be something wrong with the DVD drive. Is the 513 still on warranty?
Before any other action, you need to try to clean the DVD lens.
Thanks for the response. The 513 is a newly refurbished unit, refurbished by Funai and I bought it newly refurbished equivalent to new. It arrived straight from the distributor about a week ago and is just at the beginning of it's 90 day warranty. It is essentially a brand new unit right out of the box. For that reason, I don't want to tamper with the lens since it would probably void my warranty.
Since my original post, I have done considerably more testing and have discovered that *SOME* of the DVD's from the H2160 WILL play on the 513 and others won't. I have also found the same results with DVDs which I burned on my PC...some play on the 513 and some won't. The only type of DVDs that I haven't had problems with, at least so far are commercially pre-recorded DVDs (i.e. movies, etc.) issued by normal outlets, stores, etc.
The failures seem specific to particular DVDs, in other words the same DVD fails repeatedly on the 513. Furthermore, those same DVDs, which have NEVER failed to playback on the H2160 have also NEVER failed to play back on the Panasonics when I tested them. That would seem to me to rule out any kind of finalization problem.
Another point...as I mentioned earlier, I have always used the Taiyo Yuden DVD-Rs of the same type and specifications and as far as I know, are about the best quality blank DVDs I can buy. The problems I am experiencing have not only been intermittent within the same brand/type of DVDs, I have been able to pin down that they have also been intermittent within the same cake box of blank DVDs (I keep records of which DVDs I have recorded came from which cake box). In other words, some DVDs from the same cake box fail repeatedly on the 513 while others from the same cake box play back regularly without problems on the 513.
This has become a real mystery and I guess a call to Funai service will be in order. I hate to go through the trouble of packing the box up and returning it for a warranty claim however but it may come to that. Also, I have a second 513 coming within the next week or two and it will be interesting to see if the same DVDs fail on that device as well.