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A quick fix for CDs that skip or sound scratchy

I was told to use toothpaste - and it worked! Rub toothpaste on your scratched CD - over the entire thing. Then rub off with dry cloth/rag til smooth. Though it looks like all the paste has come off, it has actually filled in some of the micro scratches. Try to play cd - it has worked for me numerous times.
Also, on these CDs - or any old ones - upload into your computer (the computer doesnt pick up as many scratches as a basic cd player). When finished uploading (this could be called "ripping" with Windows Media Player or "importing" on ITunes, your computer now has all songs. Put in blank disc and "burn" onto a new CD. Its like it was brand new again!

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The CD player doesn't always work. It cuts on and off at times. What should I do?

check and make sure the CD's aren't scratched. If they are scratched use toothpaste to clean it by,
1.put 3 or 4 pea-sized dots of toothpaste around the cd.
2.take some kind of cloth or tissue paper to rub the toothpaste
3.rub from the middle to the outside, ACROSS the circular path (if you're not rubbing in this direction, you're not doing any good)
4.and wash off the toothpaste and any tissue follicles that got attached to the cd, throw the tissue/cloth out
5.-dry the cd on a clean towel
if this doesnt work take try blowing into the cd player, their may be a build up of dust.

Jun 27, 2011 | 2005 Mazda RX-8

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Console not being read

Try updating the firmware... Also, check if any other disc works or not.. If it does, then get the disc which you have inserted is at fault, try to replace it... If that's not possible, try cleaning it by various methods... If all else fails, and you have no other option but to throw that disc, try using toothpaste on it ... It works sometimes..

Nov 23, 2009 | Nintendo Wii Console

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sratches on tv screen

Try toothpaste first. take a cuetip, get a little on it, and rub in circles, if it's a longer scratch you can just use your finger. Rub in a circular motion for a few minutes. Clean it off with smooth cloth or tissue paper lightly moistened. Make sure that it's a very soft cloth or you can scratch it further.

the other thing to try is a product called scratch-out for cars. It removes scratches from the polymer clear-coat of cars. follow the directions carefully, (rub on, let dry, rub off with clean cloth), if it doesn't work, you are no worse off.

Nov 29, 2007 | LG 30FZ4D TV

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