06-20-2011 02:52 PM
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 atempts 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 grey 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.
06-21-2011 07:36 AM
It turns out that "Auto Finish" only works when the recording (burning) is being done in timer mode or the disc is full.
For manual operation, when the recording is finished and you press Stop it only 'appears' to go into Finishing mode.
In fact, you can remove the disc and reload it at any time (or not) and then go to "Setup" and step through the Finish DVD steps to actually finish the disc so it will play on another DVD player. I reloaded those first DVD-R and DVD+R discs and finished them in this way.
Both now play on all of my other DVD Players.
07-05-2012 06:23 AM
09-16-2012 02:10 PM
You are suppose to finalized the DVD before it can play on p.c. and other dvd players.
Didn't the Toshiba support people tell you that when you asked them ? L.O.L.
12-30-2012 11:30 AM
thank you for posting this... finding a manual was insane and I thought I was losing my mind becasue this disk woudn't play anywhere except the Toshiba.
05-01-2014 06:10 PM
What problem are you asking to fix? The need to finalize a disc so it can be played on other DVD players?
Are you using a DVR-620KU? The manual is here:
P. 31 of this manual explains step-by-step about how to finalize a disc.
03-10-2016 02:30 PM
Regarding finalizing a disc. I think I need to know how to get my TV to display the "General Setting" etc... steps first. I have a Vizio that is working fine for dubbing old vhs to DVD on the Toshiba DVR620, but I can't get the TV to display , and hence can't do the steps to finalize the disc that is not completely filled up. Thanks for any help.
Your Basic Tech-Impaired Sister
03-10-2016 06:14 PM
I'm a little confused by your post.
You say "I have a Vizio that is working fine for dubbing old vhs to DVD on the Toshiba DVR620, but I can't get the TV to display..."
Presumably you have the DVR620 connected to your TV either by HDMI, or by audio+video out? Which connection is it?
And you've chosen the proper input on the TV?
You're able to see VHS playback on the TV, and even the DVD playback?
But are you saying that when you press SETUP on the remote you don't see the Setup menu (General Setting, Timer Programming, Title List, DVD Menu) ?
03-11-2016 07:37 PM
Yes, I know I sound confusing, sorry. Sometimes I can get the TV to display and sometimes not. I'm sure it's my ineptness, not the units. I'm not so concerned with that as I am that when I followed the instructions for finalizing as given in the manual, I still could not play the DVD on my lapttop.
I wonder if it is just hopeless and not able to be done.
I also wonder if there is a way to connect the DVR to the laptop and upload the recording that way?
Thanks for your willingness to help.
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