Friday, August 26, 2005

How to fix CD's......

I just discovered the most useful thing that some of you may already know.

My brother came over today and he was trying to play Splinter Cell on our PS2, but the game wouldn’t work. My boyfriend was trying to tell him that the game has never worked since he’s had it, but my brother made a bet with him that he could make it work.

Then my brother did the oddest thing- He covered the CD with toothpaste, scrubbed it off with tissue paper and then popped it into the PS2. After that the game worked perfectly!

For those of you that don’t know, if you’ve got a CD that doesn’t work because of scratches or dirt in the CD, put toothpaste or Jiff on it and then rub it off.
If that doesn’t work because the scratches are quite bad, try using Silvo or Brasso.
Apparently it works every time! But I’m definitely going to have to find out for myself….


At 9:35 AM, Blogger Kevin said...

*High pitched squeal*

*Radiates horror*

Okay, I can see this working. However, I'd use it ONLY as a last resort.

A safer initial approach is to take tissue/soft-cloth and wipe the underside of the CD starting at the centre hole, then straight out to the edges. Repeat for the whole surface. If you want, I'd spray the surface with an anti-static cleaning solution first to dissolve any oils and such.

The toothpaste thing may work, but it's doing so by gouging out the optical surface of the disc so that the scratches don't show. You're still losing data and longterm viability.

*Shrug* Of course, if the disc is useless without such an approach, you have nothing to lose.

- Kevin.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Andrew Cozens said...

I just take my scratched games/music cds/dvds into work because we have a scratch reparing machine :p although i think to buy one costs like $7000 or something, not sure though. Wish dvd's were a little more hardy.. although they just need a little more care than video tapes.

At 2:08 AM, Blogger vicki said...

Ha, ha I love the horror

I should've added that I'd only try it on something that was absolutely useless- that way I'd have nothing left to lose.

Its almost like an old wives tale. But for CDs.


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