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Old 20th February 2003, 11:58 PM   #1
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Question Possible to repair CDs?

I have a couple of CDs which are a bit scratched, and they can sometimes skip and click a little. Just wondering what is the best CD fixer out there.
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Old 21st February 2003, 12:21 AM   #2
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I don't recommend you do to it caus I don'T want o scrap your cd but i've got some nice result using car scratch remover on cd's.

But I don't assure you that you will not destroy your cd.
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Old 21st February 2003, 12:29 AM   #3
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using a better CDplayer may help. CD Pro 2 is very good in error correction. No problems playing scratched CDs.

check the manual at http://www.daisy-laser.nl/homeoptics/
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Old 21st February 2003, 12:34 AM   #4
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i've heard of using toothpaste to buff out scratches. haven't tried it...i would be afraid of making it worse. but if you've got nothing to lose...

there are acrylic buffing products on the market which may or may not work. (one source might be aquarium stores, although the prices there might be higher than other places.)

what i have tried, is Pledge. it might help for light scratches. at least it doesn't hurt, in my experience. and it smells lemony fresh!

also, don't use paper products to clean with. the fibers can leave scratches. microweave cloth should be better (like the stuff they sell for cleaning eyeglasses).

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Old 21st February 2003, 10:52 AM   #5
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i've heard of using toothpaste to buff out scratches. haven't tried it...i would be afraid of making it worse. but if you've got nothing to lose...
Yeah, I heard that wax can do too Iíve got nothing to lose, but never tried such solution

If I encounter frequent CD skips, I clean the CD compartment and the lens, and things go back to normal (And the sound is cleaner also)

To avoid such problem I have disciplined myself to always put the CD into the box right after use (worth the effort, indeed). I donít lend my CD to anyone. And I play the CD only in good players (surely not on my laptop)
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Old 21st February 2003, 10:59 AM   #6
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Noooo

use brasso - it really works - i have brought many CD's back from the virge of death with it, but the choice of cloth is quite important, use a very soft cloth or tissue to do it - or you will und up adding scratches
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Old 21st February 2003, 11:50 AM   #7
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I have used toothpaste with good results. I got that idea myself
long before I heard of anyone else using it. It worked well for
minor scratches, but really bad ones couldn't be cured. Use
tootpaste and some water and rub gently.

I take no responsibility for the results, just saying that
the method has worked well for me.
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Old 21st February 2003, 01:10 PM   #8
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Copy the disc on cd-r. Most cd-writers have better error-correction than a normal cd-player. So you have to make an image of the scratched disc on your harddrive and than burn it on cd-r. A recommended program to use is the freeware program called exact audio copy (eac), recommended!

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/
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Old 21st February 2003, 01:57 PM   #9
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I have also used toothpaste a number of times. And i have had mixed results. Some times it works and sometimes it doesn't. But it does buff the cd up to a nice lustre.

Use at your own risk, and try a cd that you don't really listen to anymore. That way if it doesn't work your not out alot.
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Old 21st February 2003, 02:11 PM   #10
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Copy the disc on cd-r. Most cd-writers have better error-correction than a normal cd-player. So you have to make an image of the scratched disc on your harddrive and than burn it on cd-r. A recommended program to use is the freeware program called exact audio copy (eac), recommended!

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/
This can only help for scratches that give occasional read
errors, not the bad ones that give repeatable errors. Anyway,
it is probably a good recommendation to try doing a CDR
backup before embarking on any schratch-reparing adventure.
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