Most perplexing. They certainly look
okay. Absolutely no visible imperfections at all. (Yeah, I know what you're going to say -- this stuff works on a microscopic level so what I can't see with the naked eye is irrelevant. But still, the surface is absolutely smooth and flawless. One would think that a defect that causes a total failure to record might be at least barely
visible on close inspection.)
Somehow, using the hard drive seems to be involved in the error-causing process. Dubbing
at high speed or regular speed results in errors -- and at unpredictable times. (In addition to the problems I've described with trying to do high-speed dubs, I also experienced failures today when trying a "real time" dub -- the first time, after 33 seconds, and the second time, after 19 minutes. Error message said "Recording failed. DVD disc might be dirty.
" [Of course there wasn't a speck of dirt on it.]) On the other hand,
I then tried just recording
to the DVD-R straight off the TV broadcast, and that worked fine (28 minutes, no failure).
As I said, very confusing.
I can't talk to Toshiba about it because I have no confidence in their customer service department (notwithstanding Ashley's good luck in that regard). "Scott" (from Toshiba Customer Service) previously told me that the Toshiba recorder will not recognize a DVD-RAM recorded on another machine. Simply not true.
I suspect that my only response from TDK, if and when I contact them, will be finger-pointing at Toshiba.