hi. newbie here. i have a weird problem and wonder if it's easily fixable or time to get a new dvd recorder.
an intermittent problem has become consistent on nearly every disc now. even though the unit appears to start recording properly, it really only starts at exactly 2:37 in.
during playback, the unit hangs up until you get to the 2:37 mark, and then it plays back fine for the duration of the recording!
i have about 1300 hours of recording time on this machine and use Memorex DVD+RW discs, which had been working fine. the burner is a DDW-813S made in july 2005.
i've opened up the recorder and reseated and cleaned all the connections, including the laser lens.
i've also tried unplugging it for a few days and moved it's physical location away from the tv and other equipment, which didn't help.
if i record four 1-1/2 hour movies on one disc, the first 2 recordings work fine. the third and fourth recordings almost always have the '2:37 problem'. the only time it's worked properly recently is when i set the timer to 'over-record'. in other words, if i had, say, 1:34 minutes left on a disc and set the timer to record for 1:37, it worked fine!
sorry for the long post. any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.