Once every couple of weeks, I first blow all the dust off the protruding drive tray with a can of compressed air. It's amazing how much dust accumulates on that, especially in the area where the media sits and spins.
I haven't cleaned the lens, but I am obsessed with cleanliness when it comes to
the media I put in any optical drive. I always carefully blow off every disc, then give
the tray a little shot of air, being sure not to blow dust into the drive. I'm sure dust
still finds its way in, but I really hate to start poking/blowing around inside unless
There might be hope yet for this old boy. I just received two spindles of TYG02 this
afternoon. I was a bit worried that they might not be real premium TY's as promised
(they come in a 100 disc cakebox instead of 50, the tape sealing the box is new (to
me at least), the discs don't sit flat in the cakebox for some reason, and the box is
made from ABS when my old TY boxes were PS). I took the first disc out, blew some
dust (!!!) off of it, and ran it through Qsuite. Attached is the result. I was not pleased.
I burned it anyway and then scanned it with CDSpeed. Eureka! I still wonder why
Qsuite thought this was a bad disc???
Taiyo Yuden Premium 8x DVD-R (silver thermal), 100-disc cakebox
Benq DW-1650, fw: BCIC, burned at 8x