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Cleaning The Lens of your DVD/CD/Blu ray Drives , Players and Writers

Sometimes it becomes necessary to clean the lens of your CD/DVD/BR player. The symptoms indicating it needs a good clean is that it won't play your discs or that playback is jerky.

There are two ways to do this

  1. Lens Cleaning Kit
  2. Manually Cleaning The Lens

#1 Lens cleaning Kit

Lens cleaning discs are very convenient and effective when used often. It is recommended you clean your lens with a cleaner once a month.

You can buy these kits at any department or electronics store and they cost about $5-$10.

The kit consist of a disc fitted with soft brushes and sometimes a cleaning solution. You just play the disc in the device for a few minuets and that's it.



#2 Manually Cleaning The Lens

The lens cleaning kits work okay , but sometimes it is not enough to get the lens clean. This is when you would clean the lens manually.

WARNING : Remember to disconnect the power supply before removing the outer case and do not touch any electrical component even after the power is disconnected.

You will need :
  1. Q-tip x2
  2. Isopropyl Alcohol , Lens Cleaner or Nail Varnish Remover.
  3. Philips and/or Flat Screwdriver
Not all DVD/CD/BR devices are opened the same way. Normally , with computer drives , the cover is fastened with 6-8 screws on the bottom of the drive.

With DVD/CD/BR players , the cover is normally fastened with multiple screws on the sides , back and under the unit.

With Portable players , it will not be necessary to remove the cover as the lens is visible without disassembly.

When the device is open and you can see the disc tray , you will need to open the tray in most cases to gain access to the lens.

ON PC DEVICE : Push a pin into the release hole on the front of the drive and move the tray out from the inside.

ON PLAYER DEVICE : Plug in the power , eject the tray with the remote and plug the unit out when the tray is extended.

Now you should see the DVD/CD/BR lens in the unit which looks like this :



Now , take a Q-tip and dip it slightly in your cleaning solution of choice. Very gently rub the q-tip in a circular motion over the lens being careful not to put pressure on the lens. Let the q-tip just rest on your fingers.

Now take the second Q-tip and pull at the cotton tip to loosen the fibers. Now also in circular motions , dry the lens gently. Make sure that none of the cotton strands stayed behind on the lens and then close up the drive.

And that is the instructions on how to clean your DVD/CD/BR drive's lens.

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Kind Regards
StephanSA

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Hello, welcome to Fixya!

Was this player playing previously? And how long have you been using this player? I suspect the lens of the player. Once the lens of the player becomes weak, it won't play discs any longer.

The first thing my mind goes to, is the lens. The lens id responsible for reading/loading data on discs. So if the lens is unable to read the disc, there is no way the player is going to play the disc.

To confirm if actually its a laser problem, insert an Audio CD into the player and see if will play. If it plays, then obviously, your laser (lens) is weak. But if it doesn't play Audio CD, then it might still be the laser (lens) or probably, a mechanism problem.

Get a lens cleaner, use it to clean the lens. If that doesn't solve the problem, get a screw driver, open the player's cover so that you can gain access to the lens, use a cotton board to clean the surface of the lens. This should clean dust or dirt that might be on the lens.

If non of the above solves the problem, then know that you need to replace the laser to a brand new one.

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Once this us done, your player will play all DVD discs again.

Good luck.

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Hello, welcome to Fixya!

Was this player playing previously? And how long have you been using this player? I suspect the lens of the player. Once the lens of the player becomes weak, it won't play discs any longer.

The first thing my mind goes to, is the lens. The lens id responsible for reading/loading data on discs. So if the lens is unable to read the disc, there is no way the player is going to play the disc.

To confirm if actually its a laser problem, insert an Audio CD into the player and see if will play. If it plays, then obviously, your laser (lens) is weak. But if it doesn't play Audio CD, then it might still be the laser (lens) or probably, a mechanism problem.

Get a lens cleaner, use it to clean the lens. If that doesn't solve the problem, get a screw driver, open the player's cover so that you can gain access to the lens, use a cotton board to clean the surface of the lens. This should clean dust or dirt that might be on the lens.

If non of the above solves the problem, then know that you need to replace the laser to a brand new one.

To replace the lens, remove the bad laser, use it as a sample to get exactly the same type and do the replacement. Note that replacing a laser (lens) needs a professional touch, so if you cannot replace the laser, get it to a repairman to fix it for you.

Once this us done, your player will play all DVD discs again.

Good luck.

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Hello, welcome to Fixya!

Was this player playing previously? And how long have you been using this player? I suspect the lens of the player. Once the lens of the player becomes weak, it won't play discs any longer.

The first thing my mind goes to, is the lens. The lens id responsible for reading/loading data on discs. So if the lens is unable to read the disc, there is no way the player is going to play the disc.

To confirm if actually its a laser problem, insert an Audio CD into the player and see if will play. If it plays, then obviously, your laser (lens) is weak. But if it doesn't play Audio CD, then it might still be the laser (lens) or probably, a mechanism problem.

Get a lens cleaner, use it to clean the lens. If that doesn't solve the problem, get a screw driver, open the player's cover so that you can gain access to the lens, use a cotton board to clean the surface of the lens. This should clean dust or dirt that might be on the lens.

If non of the above solves the problem, then know that you need to replace the laser to a brand new one.

To replace the lens, remove the bad laser, use it as a sample to get exactly the same type and do the replacement. Note that replacing a laser (lens) needs a professional touch, so if you cannot replace the laser, get it to a repairman to fix it for you.

Once this us done, your player will play all DVD discs again.

Good luck.

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