I have a Magnavox DVD/VCR Recorder with model number BZV420MW8 and this is my story. Last Wednesday I had to go out and wanted to record a program on the TV with a blank DVD. I set the timer for right before the program started and this ridiculous message came up saying that it couldn't record in "+VR" mode. I tried to cancel the timer but the unit refused to let me, I tried removing the disc but the unit refused to open, I turned the power off on the unit but it refused to allow me to do anything because of the timer, I unplugged the unit but it still refused to allow me to do anything. Keep in mind the DVD disc was never recorded to at all.
Enraged, I took my fist and beat down on the unit multiple times over the side with the VCR. I am usually not violent but this unit made me boil over something fierce. I then unplugged the unit and left. Upon returning and plugging the unit back in I found that the unit now will not turn on for more than about 1 second. I find this to be strange because I have thoroughly examined the inside of the unit and cannot find anything physically wrong or out of place. The top part of the lid was bent and warped but I have since straightened it out quite a bit.
My questions are the following, I hope that someone can help:
Does anyone here know what the problem is and if I can fix the unit so that it powers on for more than 1 second again?
I have an important DVD with my recordings on it but the disc hasn't been finalized. Assuming that I can't get the unit to work again is it possible to finalize the disc with a recorder other than the same exact model that I started the disc on? Could I do it on the computer with a DVD burner and some special software?
Thank you for replying,