Help Cleaning a DVD-rom

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#1

HI! ive recently bought a new DVD burner, but ive just realised that my other DVD-rom drive is dying. I think it needs to be cleaned. Some people has told me to buy a DVD-rom cleaner, but i dont want to spend any $ if possible. They say i could clean the device with a Q-tip and some alcohol. The problem is that i dont know where the laser is! Will i have to open the drive? It is difficult to reach the laser head?

Thanks in advance! :wink:


#2

You need to open the case. If you can’t see the laser, then use the DVD burner to read AND burn.


#3

Thanks for the reply! Well, ive tried to open the case, and i couldnt see the laser…the case was hard to open in the inside…and i ended breaking it! So, ive throwed it.

So, now i’ve got 3 possibilities. Please recommend me what’s better:

a) New DVD burner (ultra dma2 = 33MB/s) + old CD-RW (multiple word dma 2)

b) New DVD burner (ultra DMA 2) + CD-ROM (ultra DMA 2)

c) Only DVD burner

Thanks!


#4

Oh! i forgot to say that the old CD-RW is a Yamaha 8424E, and the CD-ROM drive is a Creative 48x.


#5

so long as the cd-rw burns ok in multi word mode i would go for this option.


#6

I would go with the DVD burner. If you cannot copy CD-Rs, then add the CD writer as a slave to the DVD burner. I like to keep it simple. A single DVD burner will reduce the load on your power supply. This will result in less heat and less noise for your system.


#7

Be very very careful when using Q-tips and alcohol. It’s better to use distilled water and a tip that doesn’t shed its fur :slight_smile: