DVD-R playable instead of DVD+R

Old 04-10-04, 09:50 AM
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DVD-R playable instead of DVD+R

I recently purchased a DVD Recorder with VHS capability. Sorry, I'm not at home and I don't kow the make or model, but it was $499.00, so I'm sure it's no slouch.............but here is my problem.

The salesman said that the good thing about this one is that it records in DVD-R instead of DVD+R and "most DVD players play the "-R". Not as many will play the "+R".

I have recorded some VHS to DVD and now it will NOT play in 3 different DVD players that I have tried.

Did I just get smoked?!?!?!?

Or are my other DVD players just out of date? (about 1 year old)

Thanks in advance for any help.
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Go to www.dvdrhelp.com

You can find out there what formats your dvd players will play, and read comments from other users on those players/formats. You might want to look up your recorder as well to see if there are any known problems.
Old 04-13-04, 12:44 AM
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Old 04-17-04, 05:27 AM
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DVD +/- R

as for the DVD +/- R issue its true that the - R was more popular
I find that DVD + is the better format I can burn + or - , I find + RW burns .4 X faster than - RW
& I have problems recognizing some discs burnt on - R in some units.

But again like the others have said because its a DVD-Recorder
check the info & find out the recording format & if thare are optional formats such as UDF1.5 , or UDF 2 they are the standards
your unit may be using custom packet writing software as recording format.

Buy your self a quality brand name DVD-RW disc if you plan to try different recording formats, this in most cases can be re written if you do somthing wrong.

Also alot of the stand alone DVD players do not play DVD R unless they were made in the last 2 years, & even then if DVD -R / RW
is not a listed format it won't play it.

your best bet is to pick up a little "Cyber Home" CH DVD 300
its a cheap DVD player $60.00CAD or cheaper if U look around
it plays every popular format including VCD, SVCD, JPG
it will even play non compliant DVD's (VCD or SVCD files burnt to a DVD) & its small enough U can take it with you as a backup when you go visiting frends or family & plan to show your DVD's

Just a few ideas in case you still have problems.

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