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How to Restore a Scratched DVD or CD

You can save a Lot of money when you restore a scratched DVD or CD.

  • Pour rubbing alcohol on to a clean dry cloth. Try to use a cloth like the ones used for cleaning eye glasses. You can also use a pretreated paper cloth like the ones used to clean glasses.

  • Lay the CD or DVD on a clean flat surface label side down. Use the cloth to gently buff the exposed side of the CD or DVD until all smudges and fingerprints are removed.

  • Test the CD or DVD by playing it in a player. If it still doesn’t play correctly, try repeating step 2. If it does play correctly, continue enjoying your music and movies.

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How to Make a Non Working Xbox Disk Work?

    1)Take disk out of Xbox
    2)Try turning off Xbox
    3)Choose one of the methods to try and fix disk Polishing disk
      -Use air first (blow across disk, or use a soft brush to remove any specks from disk before polishing)
      -Get a soft, lint-free polishing cloth (make it damp)
      -Use wet side of cloth to clean shiny side of disk
      -Dry whole disk (dry polishing cloth)
      -Put it in Xbox Using soap or water
        -Use soap or windex-slightly wet paper towel to wipe off disk from middle towards outside
        -Use furniture cleaner Using toothpaste
          -Rub toothpaste on disk, dampen a suitable soft cleaning cloth
          -Rub from centre-then move all the way around to edge
          -Wipe toothpaste off with a wet cloth-wipe any dampness with dry cloth
          -Put it in Xbox Using car polish
            -Get a dry cloth and add a small amount of polish to it
            -Rub in a circle motion, then wipe dry
            -Put it in Xbox Peanut butter
              -Put a dab of peanut butter on a lint-free cloth
              -Don't rub it in a circle motion
              -Put it in Xbox Using rubbing Alcohol
                -Pour out a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto a cotton bud
                -Rub from centre of disk, moving outward to edge
                -Wait for it to dry and try again Wax from candle
                  -Get some melted wax from a normal candle
                  -Gently pour wax on scratches-rub in with soft cloth
                  -Wipe off excess wax with a damp cloth
                  -Let disk dry for 5-10 mins and try again Vanish Oxipowder
                    -Cover entire shiny side of disk with powder
                    -Wait 5-10 mins
                    -Clean powder off completely with soft damp cloth
                    -Place disk in Xbox Other possible fixes
                      -Take disk to game/computer shop
                      -If any of your friends has game, borrow disk from them, install it to hard drive, and hope Xbox recognises it

Oct 20, 2016 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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my intsul disc is sractched so bad that it will not install on to my new computer what do i do now??

Clean off the CD. Run some warm water over it and then rub it with a microfiber cloth.

Rub from the inside edge, straight out to the outside edge.

Do not rub in circles.

Continue this process until the CD is dry.

Pour rubbing alcohol over the CD. Shake the excess off and let it air dry.

When CD is dry, try playing it to make sure that it wasn't simply dirty and not scratched.

Hold the CD in the light and try to determine precisely where the scratch is located.

Scratches will usually be visible.

If you can see the scratch, place a small amount of plain toothpaste

(the type with baking soda works best) and fill in the scratch with it.

Take the microfiber cloth and get it only slightly damp.

Rub the excess toothpaste off by working from the inside edge of the CD to the outside edge.

Repeat this until it is clear.

If you are having a hard time locating the scratch, but rather see several scratches, using your cloth rub a thin layer of Vaseline over the CD.

Gently wipe it off by once again moving from the inside edge to the outside edge of the CD, in straight motion, not in circular motion.

The Vaseline will fill the cracks, allowing the tracks to be read by the laser beam.

Use an original Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Lightly dampen it and run it along the CD in straight lines from the inside edge to the outside edge only.

Continue this process until the CD has been completely wiped with the eraser.

The magic erasers contain small microbead particles that can fill the crack

Things You'll Need

Rubbing alcohol

Toothpaste with baking soda

Microfiber cloth


Mr. Clean Magic Eraser can be purchased on Ebay

AU $2.78 +postage

AU $4.67


try it once you have your cd cleaned any ready copy and paste it to a folder ready to burn it or do a cd copy

hope this helps

Oct 05, 2012 | Audio Players & Recorders

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how can I repair a scratched lens?

Hi There,

Repairing a scratched is the hardest lens repair to accomplish successfully. It may be worth a shot to check with the manufacturer if ther is some kind of warranty or replacement program. The best option is to replace it. However the cost of replacing the lens may cost more than what the camera is worth. With that in mind, here are a few DIY options things you can try that may or may not work.

1. Scratch Repair Kit
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, microfiber cloth and a Scratch Repair kit.
Many companies sell scratch repair kits so there are several available on the market. Do your research to ensure it can work on, and is safe for your lens. Test it on an old camera if you have one lying around just to make the results are what you're looking for.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution, and dry it off completely.
b. Follow the instructions provided with the kit.

2. Rubbing Alcohol
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, 3 microfiber cloths and a 3.5% solution of rubbing alcohol.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution, and dry it off completely.
b. Dilute the rubbing alcohol by mixing 20 parts water to 1 part rubbing alcohol to get it to a 3.5% solution.
c. Take a brand new microfiber cloth, dip it in the diluted rubbing alcohol solution, and rub into the scratch using a very gentle motion.
d. You will know if this is working if you start seeing the scratch disappear.
e. Once the scratch has completely disappeared, take another brand new microfiber cloth and dry and buff the entire digital camera lens.

3. Vaseline Method
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, 2 microfiber cloths and Vaseline.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution, and dry it off completely.
b. Dab some Vaseline on your finger and fill the entire scratch with it.
c. Using a new microfiber cloth wipe the Vaseline off very gently. Pressing too hard may cause the Vaseline to sink inside of the scratch.
d. You will know if this is working if you start seeing the scratch disappear.
e. As the Vaseline eventually rubs off, you may need to reapply some more and continue until the scratch disappears completely.

4.Pencil Eraser Method
Stuff Needed: Digital camera lens cleaning solution, 2 microfiber cloths and a new, soft pencil eraser.
a. Clean the lens with the lens cleaning solution,and dry it off completely.
b. Lighlty slide and rub the eraser unp and down along the length of teh scratch.
c. You will know if this is working if you start seeing the scratch disappear.
e. Continue rubbing the eraser until the scratch disappears completely.

NOTE: Never apply the lens cleaning solution directly to the lens itself. Alway dab a microfibre cloth with the solution then clean the lens and allow to dry.

Hope one of these works for you.

Aug 27, 2012 | Olympus SP600UZ Digital Camera

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