A friend has had a philips DVR-980 recorder for about 15 months, which she bought mail order. It has developed a fault in that when it reaches near the end of a disc (any disc, +R or +RW) it gives a disc error and the recording is unreadable. I have stripped the machine down and cannot see any fault with the disc tray or mechanism, and the laser head and track appear to be okay. I reckon it would be pretty expensive to repair this machine. But then I thought about the law governing consumer electrical equipment which, I believe, states that electrical equipment should work for a "reasonable period of time" without breakdown or else the owner can claim a repair or (part) refund if it doesn't. How long would be considered "reasonable" and would it apply in this case?