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Sony RDR GX3

“ The Sony RDR GX3 had to be repaired twice because it...”

Written on: 24/08/2009

The Sony RDR GX3 had to be repaired twice because it allways shows the message: "No disk".
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“In the very 1st. time I tried to use Sony RDR GX3, it...”

Written on: 02/08/2009

In the very 1st. time I tried to use Sony RDR GX3, it failed, with this message: "NO DISK". After have it repaired, it worked well, but only for one week, and with the same message… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“Code C1300 keeps appearing, this is a 13 month old...”

Written on: 17/06/2008

Code C1300 keeps appearing, this is a 13 month old machine that has only been very little used. This is a poor buy and Sony should be ashamed of this product… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“The Sony RDR GX3 is now well past its sell by date in...”

Written on: 15/05/2008

The Sony RDR GX3 is now well past its sell by date in the market. Can be slow plus no hard drive, so expensive for what it is, bought too early, at time of purchase it was a good item… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“I had the 'disk dirty' problem that got progressively...”

Written on: 07/11/2007 by sclind (1 review written)

I had the 'disk dirty' problem that got progressively worse over the last few days. Since DVD lens cleaners should not be used on DVR's, I shot some bursts of compressed air into the unit (with the tray open) and my problem seems to be solved!… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“Certainly would not buy again”

Written on: 23/10/2007 by Ron27 (1 review written)

Certainly would not buy again… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“The Sony RDR GX3 has worked fine until three weeks...”

Written on: 11/05/2007 by IDB (1 review written)

The Sony RDR GX3 has worked fine until three weeks ago. It then locked up with a DVD produced with Nero. E-mailed Sony - no reply! After reading comments showing that this is a very common problem. Disk is spinning, cannot be read, when switching off, says POWER OFF and stays in that state. Some said if you leave it overnight it will eventually release the disk. I tried leaving it for for hours, then I pressed the eject button and pulled at the disk tray front until the disk started making a… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“I also have had the same problem with the dvd recorder, ”

Written on: 22/01/2007 by pat gunn (1 review written)

I also have had the same problem with the dvd recorder,
The dvd got stuck in drive and it wouldn't open or stay on so i sat down and thought for a mo and this is what i came up with.
I found out it was just the dvd rom drive that was the problem not the rest of the recorder so i took the dvd rom out and put it in my PC and the PC found it straight away thank god lol.
Ok now it was in i still had to find a way of opening it so i chose my nero smart start and this is wat i did...go to nero smart… Read Full Review

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Chrismaud's Response to pat gunn's Review

Written on: 22/02/2010

Thank you for your review. My next problem is that as my machine has been declared unrepairable, as they no longer make the disc drive they told me needed replacing. I have a lot of unfinalized discs. I should have done them as I recorded them but I thought the machine would last for years. I was ok with having to repair it sometimes so long as it did what I bought it for. Is there a program that can finalize the discs on the computer for me??? thank you for your help, chris PS I had a computer tech chech it and he swapped the drive over and the found out the fault was not in the drive. So he said he couldn<t fix it for me. But as he couldn"t help he didn't charge me for his time!!! I was thankful to find ther are honest people in the world.

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Sony RDR GX3

“Generally I was as frustrated as anyone with this...”

Written on: 16/11/2006 by Groggy (1 review written)

Generally I was as frustrated as anyone with this product but I still use it. One thing that may have to be done is for everyone to buy a DVD cleaning kit which will clean the dusty lasers inside the machine and this may improve.
Also make sure your DVD Recorder is not blocked in a small cabinet or has other equipment such as a Satellite Receiver or VHS player on top as this may block any cooling vents for the DVD Recorder and could get too hot for it to function properly… Read Full Review

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Hectorvadair's Response to Groggy's Review

Written on: 19/12/2010

I found this review very helpful because...it is technical !

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Sony RDR GX3

“My Sony RDR GX3 stopped working after 26 months and a...”

Written on: 23/10/2006 by oscarlaw (1 review written)

My Sony RDR GX3 stopped working after 26 months and a DVD got stuck. The display read power off and it kept restarting and restarting. Nothing works anymore. The eject codes do not work (eject, play, stop, or power, stop, forward and eject ) and neither does the inside ejection button. So it's the end of the line for this product. That may be okay for a cheap China made product but it was not a waste product, this was a precious buy and a top end of the market deal. I feel cheated by Sony… Read Full Review

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Chrismaud's Response to oscarlaw's Review

Written on: 22/02/2010

I found this review very helpful because...It proves that the machine is not well made. My problem was that as it was recordind it stopped recording my timer recording because it said "the disc is dirty" So the next time I went to the machine it wountn"t release the disc. It seemed to want to write the info to disc but couldn"t because disc was dirty. So I couldn't remove disc. When I payed $45 at Sony's service center they told me (after waiting 6 weeks)That the disc drive was needed to be replaced but they don't make it anymore so the recorder couldn"t be fixed. I was not happy. I took it to a computer tech,who changed the drive over and then told me that the fault wasn't in the drive. So he put back the drive and said there was nothing further he could do. He didn't charge me as he said he couldn't help me. I had very good service from him. So now I need to find out if I can finalize my unfinalized discs using a program on my computer?? Thank you all for sending your reviews in as I have found it very hard buying I thought a good machine that I expected to last for years. Not all of as can afford to update every few years. chris

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Sony RDR GX3

“I had just got used to using my Sony RDR GX3 recorder...”

Written on: 09/09/2006 by Bill Harrison (1 review written)

I had just got used to using my Sony RDR GX3 recorder and thought it was OK but today it refuses to switch on or off, just displays "power off" and nothing works. Tried powering it down over night but still the same. I think it's had it and that must be one of the most expensive 2 years hire yet! Does nothing last these days??… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“Here's a solution to the blank disc problem of the...”

Written on: 21/01/2006 by umulig (1 review written)

Here's a solution to the blank disc problem of the Sony RDR GX3 DVD recorder:

It seems to me that I'm not the only one who had trouble with this player.

It won't accept any new, unformatted, or PC formatted discs. So far I can still use discs formatted by the unit itself.

The solution that works for me (however troublesome) is...
Copy an earlier used disc (never mind the content) on the PC, using Nero or other DVD copy software.
Insert the disc into the Sony GX3 DVD recorder, and erase the… Read Full Review

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267018_Ultramarine's Response to umulig's Review

Written on: 14/11/2006

Well I have been having similar problems with the GX3. I have tried many CD and DVD writers on my computer, and not yet found one that will play in the GX3. I have tried different formats, finalising and not.
<br/>Any more tips please?

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Umulig's Response to umulig's Review

Written on: 13/12/2006

No, Im sorry.
<br/>Seems to me the only solution was to have the player repaired at a shop.
<br/>Got it done on warranty, but cost the same as the price one could buy a 2 hand player at. Unfortunately.

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Sony RDR GX3

“My Sony RDR GX3 DVD recorder has ceased to read any...”

Written on: 31/12/2005 by DanatBangor (1 review written)

My Sony RDR GX3 DVD recorder has ceased to read any DVD disks, including ones previously recorded by the unit itself. The really annoying part is that it lasted 366 days!… Read Full Review

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“I would not recommend the Sony RDR GX3 DVD recorder to...”

Written on: 07/12/2005 by mbgreen (1 review written)

I would not recommend the Sony RDR GX3 DVD recorder to anyone… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“Difficult to record on the Sony RDR GX3 . ”

Written on: 20/11/2005 by Growtoms (1 review written)

Difficult to record on the Sony RDR GX3 .
Will not load blank dvd-rw now.Error.
18 months old and hardly used.
Can it be repaired and for how much. someone must know as it appears to be a common problem?… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“After a year of trouble free operation, just after the...”

Written on: 29/10/2005 by marcoscopy (1 review written)

After a year of trouble free operation, just after the warranty ran out the Sony RDR GX3 unit started to go wrong. It won't read discs and comes up with C1300 Disc Dirty error all the time . The timer is malfunctioning and won't record, very annoying as I have missed some important programmes that I really needed to record.

As a Sony product very disappointing and obviously rushed out without proper testing to grab a piece of the fledgling DVD R market.

The best thing Sony can do is to… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“I thought I was unfortunate and had the bad luck to...”

Written on: 07/10/2005 by Tyge (1 review written)

I thought I was unfortunate and had the bad luck to buy a lemon like the Sony RDR GX3 DVD recorder, but it seems I am not alone in my misery. Despite reading the user manual umpteen times, getting this machine to record was always a hit or miss affair. In fact it just does NOT do what it's designed to do on a regular basis. I say WAS a hit and miss affair, because after so many failures I have finally dumped it in the garage and cut my losses. I have always had Sony TV's - excellent, but… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“Nice machine to handle and no problems for 2 1/2 years...”

Written on: 20/07/2005 by WillSmith2nd (1 review written)

Nice machine to handle and no problems for 2 1/2 years now though not used it very much. Now suddenly its impossible to use DVD-RW / DVD+RW discs. An empty DVD-R / DVD+R is ok but all my recorded DVD-RW / DVD+RW and also my emty DVD-RW / DVD+RW suddenly became unreadable. After insert and the machine is checking it comes up with "ERROR" "CANNOT READ DISC" This is strange but from previous reviews I understand that this is a hugh problem with this machine - DO NOT BUY THIS… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“The Sony RDR GX3 is the most tempremental piece of...”

Written on: 19/07/2005 by dcass (1 review written)

The Sony RDR GX3 is the most tempremental piece of technology I have ever come across. It was unreliable and irritated me constantly by not formatting disks when I needed it to and generally spitting out clean disks halfway through recordings or while halfway through a film. After only 18 months of use the unit broke down and would not load any disks at all. The price of the repair was more than I paid for the unit 18 months previously. I am rather glad as I didnt really want it back anyway. I… Read Full Review

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Sony RDR GX3

“Unreliable, you set the timer but the Sony RDR GX3...”

Written on: 14/05/2005 by andreil (1 review written)

Unreliable, you set the timer but the Sony RDR GX3 does not always record.
Unpredictably, some of the recorded DVDs become unreadable and you have to throw them away.
When used in conjunction with Sony TV via smartlink it is impossible to change the recording chanel on the DVD… Read Full Review

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Stevemez's Response to andreil's Review

Written on: 08/06/2005

I found the same problems with this machine; mine was basically unreliable. In the end, the shop has agreed to take it back.
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<br>The original report was very helpful - it is always reassuring to discover that one is not alone!
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<br>My machine would tend to drop out of record with a "disk dirty" message which would only be held for a short time on the screen (I'm using brand new Sony DVD-RW disks). But, in doing so, I think the recorder attempts to start a new chapter - ie 2(2) which ends up blank. Useful "hard" evidence to show to a sceptical dealer!

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