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Re: how to clean lense
Not a good idea if you don't have the proper cleaning solution and swabs. it scratches fairly easily. they do sell disk cleaners, but if you chose to do it yourself, take the top off, take the disk assembly top off (you might have to take the whole assembly out, and be carefull of the wires), and the lens on the optical pick-up is exposed. do not use a q-tip, and do not use rubbing alcohol.
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Whether this is a stand alone dvd player or an optical drive on your computer it may need to be cleaned. If it's a laptop where you can see the lense as you pull out the tray that'll be easy to clean: use a lint free/low lint cloth or paper towel or qtip and put a few drops of clear rubbing on the cloth or qtip and gently clean the lense. If the lense can not be seen you'll a lense cleaning disc and cleaning solution (aka rubbing alcohol). Attached is a link from Expert Village showing how easy it is to clean the lense with the cleaner. Good luck! How to Clean Personal Electronics How to Clean Personal CD DVD Players
Cleaning a lens should only be done with a non-scratching cloth and tissues designed for optics; moistened with plain water or cleaning solution designed for optics. Use of paper towels, glass cleaners, ammonia, etc. can scratch and strip special optical coatings from lenses. Apply water or solution to cloth or tissue - not to optics.
Do not lubricate lenses. Lubes attract dirt and dust and can seep into the lens and gum up aperture blades and eventually cause them to stick. Nearly all lenses do NOT require lubrication. Lenses should be cleaned professionally when not working correctly.
You cannot remove the lense. it is factory sealed. only access inside is by removing bulb from rear of the lamp assembly. Your problem is probably a degraded hazy lense and not the inside. have lenses cleaned by a detailer or shop that can do a lense restoration. Good luck
Im sorry to say it sounds like your laser lenses in your Xbox 360 has stopped working, so here are your options.
Buy an lenses cleaning disk and try and clean the
lenses. Heres a few examples
If you have a warranty on the Xbox 360, make Microsoft
fix it. they will fix it to no cost.
If you have no warranty and the lenses cleaning disk
didn't work, then your last option is to find a repair service to
replace the lenses for you, or replace the lenses yourself. They cost about $15, here's a few examples, but if you replace it
yourself, it requires you to open the Xbox 360 which voids the warranty on the Xbox 360.
The laser it's self isn't what you want to clean - it's the lense. I recommend purchasing a CD laser lense cleaning kit from Best Buy. Usually the cleaner looks like any other disk, but it has a small cleaning cloth on it. You load the disk into the machine as you would any CD and the CD player tracks the laser and reader assembley to the position where the small piece of cloth is. As the cloth passes, it wipes the lense clean.
If you must clean the lense manually, I suggest using a Q-Tip and some isopropal rubbing alcohol. Dip the Q-Tip into the isopropal alcohol, and then press the swab of the C-Tip against the inside of the alcohol bottle to remove any excess alcohol from the Q-Tip so you don't have excess alcohol drip down into the laser assembley. CAREFULLY, GENTLY wipe the lense with the Q-Tip, using circular motion. After about 15 - 20 passes with the wet end of the Q-Tip, turn the Q-Tip around and wipe the lense with the dry clean end of the Q-Tip to remove any excess alcolhol and to prevent any residue that may accumulate as a result of the alcolhol drying. Again I stress being gentle because the lense rides in a magnetic field as part of it's focusing function and if you press the lense down too hard, you will damage the focusing coils and the unit will no longer be able to focus onto the disk and won't be able to read anything. Just be gentle, and good luck.
The outside of the lense may be dirty. When it comes out clean it. Or something else prevents it from fully opening. If it is clean, you might have droped it and damaged or broke mechanical part(s) of your lense. When it opens, try to hold the lense open, do not force it. If the did not help, take out the lense from the camera and inspect the lense. look for broken, or bent parts. Clean it and push the lense in and out. If it moves in and out without any problem, put it back on your camera. If the problem was from the lense, your camera should be back to normal.
Try turning the camera on and off a few times. If it did not go in while turning it off gentely push the lense in. You might have to try this a few times. If the lense retracts, but not all the way in, push the lense a litte harder in. When the lense is 100% retracted, turn the camera back on, the lense should pop off. Your lense is probaly dirty. Need to clean it and keep it clean always.
sorry to tell you mate but it sounds to me like you have over cleaned your lense every time you use things like towels to clean lenses it puts very fine scratches on the lens. now you may have got away with it for a while but the abrasive fibers on towels eventualy dulls the lense i know cos its happened to me. you may be able to get some joy if you try cleaning the lense with a cotten bud dipped in methelated spirit give the lense a rub ith the bud then clean the lense with a eye glass cloth. i hope it workes for you cos it worked for me.