I just installed a Toshiba DVR620 DVD/VHS Recorder. It is most commonly used for converting VHS tapes to DVD discs.
I got it to record TV shows (via TIVO) to DVD using the RCA (yellow, red, white) input connection (L1).
I used a DVD-R blank for my first attempt and all went as expected except for the resulting disc. It will only play on the Toshiba DVR620 and one other DVD player I have (oldest one). Would not play on the other four nor could my PC read it. One of my DVD players plays just about everything including blu-ray, PAL, any region and many video file formats. It attempts to load the DVD I produced on the Toshiba DVR620 DVD/VHS and after a bit, signals disc error and ejects it.
For my next attempt I used a DVD+R blank. That resulting disc would only play on the Toshiba DVR620. Even my oldest player didn’t like a DVD+R disc.
I called Toshiba support and they couldn’t suggest any solution and acted like who would want to play the disc on anything except their machine.
I suspected the ‘problem’ was the way the Toshiba opened and closed the disc at the beginning and end of the recording process. That process was very user friendly as all one need do is put in a blank, press the RECORD button and then at the end, press the STOP button. When you press the STOP button, the unit automatically goes into a ‘finish’ mode and a gray timing bar appears at the bottom of the screen. It gradually fills until it shows 100% and then it disappears. EOJ!
I asked Toshiba if there was anything I could do to change the settings on the machine so it would produce a DVD-R that could be played in other players and they said no. Everything was set-up to be automatic.