I've got a Panasonic DVD recorder/tuner DMR-EZ47V that seems to eat DVD-RAM disks. They record and play back fine for a couple of months and then the recorder doesn't recognize them any more.
If I put in new DVD-RAM media, it works fine, until it no longer reads the disk, usually after a couple of months.
I was able to get it to read a disk again after reinstalling the last firmware update, but that means having to do the whole set up and put in my program schedule again. Too much time taken.
So my main question: is there some way to reformat a DVD-RAM disk, or do they have a limited life and it's a lost cause? Since the recorder doesn't recognize the disk, I can't format it in that device. But I have a DVD-RAM compatible drive in my PC.
Or could it be my recorder that's the problem? It's 2 years old, out of warranty, and it would cost more than $175 to send it to the mainland from Hawaii and pay the minimum repair charge, plus any cost for parts.