Just received the following mail back from Toshiba UK Thank you for your recent enquiry. Please find the information that you requested as follows: The firmware version on your DVD should not affect whether or not DVD-R discs are playable. We know that the SD900E will play some DVD-R discs provided that they are recorded with the correct format but we also know that some discs cause problems. It will not however play any DVD-RW discs. The latest version of firmware for the SD900E is v1.9 and should you wish to have the firmware updated please contact our workshop administrator on 01276 694506. If you have any further queries or would like to go through your query with an advisor you can contact us on 0115 9766958, Monday - Friday 9.00-18.00 and Saturday 9.00-17.00, or feel free to reply by E-mail. We trust that the information is to your satisfaction. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on the above number.