Hi there, I have a Panasonic E-50 that I bought about a year and a half ago. I have a number of discs recorded on DVD-R and a smaller number on DVD-RAM. Recently, a fault seems to have developed. I am not sure if it is the machine (likely) or disc problems. I need to know if this is an easily fixable fault. I noticed recently that some DVD-R discs I play back, there are a few seconds here and there where the picture partially breaks up into pixcels in parts of the screen, sometimes freezing for a few seconds (in extreme cases, stopping completely). This is something that only seems to have started recently. Surely the discs aren't wearing out already (worrying if so after such a short time)? They have been well kept, in the dark and carefully handled. I do not think it's the discs as if I re-insert the disc, the pixcellation seems to occur at a different point in the recording. I've tried a lens cleaner, which has made some marginal improvement but not significant. I have also tried playing the discs on another player, which just displays pixcellations at different points on the recordings! The other problem that has started even more recently is that with RAM discs, I am finding that I record, say, an hour on a 2 hr disc and then the machine won't let me either record on the rest of the disc, erase the first recording on even switch on / off the disc protection. If I try to do one of these, the pattern is the same: the display reads error and goes to shut down. It then swiyches on in recovery mode, then says "unformat". Then it tells me to check the disc. It can't be ALL the discs at dault though as they have played fine till now. This is a very long-winded explanation of the faults but I wanted to be clear. Can anyone tell me what the problem is? I am tearing my hair out in frustration!