Well, I had to return the DVD recorder because it was making more coasters than DVDs. I was able to get two discs made, and have 2002-2004 of my mini-dv tapes on DVD now. I kept a look out and was able to find a Lite-on deck that had pretty good reviews in the forums. I purchased it from Radioshack at a clearance price and I also have a $50 rebate. This one was able to format the first disc in a few seconds. I've got it set up to tape Firefly and BSG tonight. We'll see how it goes.