Problems with my DVR-310

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#1

I think I’ve had this recorder for at least 3 years, and it’s always done what I wanted it to do. Until now. :frowning: It’s started making coasters, and I’m not sure why, so I’m hoping someone here can help me figure out if I need a new one or not?

It still reads DVD-RW’s without any problems - even gives me a menu. Same thing with commercial DVD’s. But not regular DVD-R’s. It appears to be recording, and will even act like it’s finalizing them but then it says “can’t complete this disk” and then opens the DVD door. When I try to load the DVD again, it just keeps kicking the door open.

I called Pioneer’s support… I was on hold about 10 minutes, then the tech told me to write down the service center’s address. $70 just to evaluate the problem, he said. Boo that, I’m not paying that much for an old recorder’s repair, and I’m sure he knew that. I asked him if by any chance it was the 16x disks I was trying to use but he said it should’ve taken them without any problems. Then I read somewhere that it could be condensation on the lens… the recommended cure is to shut the recorder off for a while? Didn’t work. So, I’m hoping someone here can help me figure this out? Has anyone had something similar happen to theirs?


#2

Welcome to CD Freaks.

It could well be the DVD media you’re using as there is some crap about.

What brand have you got & did the problem start when you bought a new batch?


#3

I’ve been using Memorex for a long time, and had just bought a new 25 spindle pack - the first 3 or 4 burned ok, but none since. So a couple of days ago I tried using Phillips DVD-R’s, but still no go. I’m not sure if it’s worth trying to clean the lens on my own?

Thanks for the reply and the good question.


#4

You need to try some decent media like Verbatim. Memorex can be absolute garbage & I’m not sure that Philips media could be classified as decent.

If Verbatim fails then the problem would seem to clearly be with the DVR’s burner. Using a lens cleaner may help. Perhaps this is the first thing to try.


#5

Thanks for the idea. I found a good deal on another recorder, so I guess this one will just be used to read commercial disks, until it dies completely.


#6

Just spoke with Pioneer about my DVR-310s They say there have been many problems with Memorex. I bought a pack of DVD-R 16x recorded a show but now the player keeps ejecting the disc. The Memorex 50pk warns that some DVR’s may need a firmware upgrade to recognize there disc. Pioneer says there are NO FIRMWARE upgrades for the DVR-310 They recommend TDK and Maxell for the DVR-310


#7

I’d recommend Verbatim as they burn well with Pioneer burners.

Welcome to the forum btw.


#8

sugar_ray: That’s what mine was doing too. I bought a JVC which records well (however I think the menu is awkward), so I haven’t tried the Pioneer again since my last post here. I’ll have to get the brands both you and TimC recommend and give that a try. Thanks to you both. :slight_smile:


#9

What burner should I use to replace the defective unit in my DVR 810H?