I have a Panasonic DMR-E55 DVD-ram/-r recorder which is making coasters out of a batch of Phillips DVD-R disks. It records for a couple of seconds then reports 'error' on the screen and shuts down and restarts. And yes, I've now read about the problems with 8 speed discs and wish I hadn't get 'em! I have found a firmware upgrade on Panasonic's site (http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wc...oads?storeId=15001&langId=-1&page=DVDFirmware) which I am hoping may help. Does anyone have any experience upgrading the firmware of these things via writable CD? Clearly I don't want to ruin it and end up with £300-worth of door-stop. Also is there any way to find out what version of firmware the thing is running currently? I've been through all the menus I can find and have drawn a blank. Are there any 'hidden' menus which reveal such goodies? thanks in advance Beermat-factory Phil.