I purchased this LVW-5005 DVD recorder in June, 2004. The first problem was the picture was to bright. Checked with Liteon support and they sent me a firmware update. It would not install. They had me send it in which corrected that problem. It took me a long time to understand the program, chapter instructions in the manual. That was probably my fault. My next problem was finding a brand of blank disc that it would format for recording. Purchased several brands before finding the Verbatum Digital Movie DVD-R which seems to work every time. Even with that disc, sometimes playing back on the 5005 I will get artifacts and skips. On other players it is seldom the disc will play on them. Sometimes it will play over half was through and then quit. In short, I have had more trouble with this unit than it was worth.
Yes, I have updated the firmware. Sorry to burden you with this story, but I feel better.