How to clean and care for DVDs?

Mar 17th, 2010 by dvdxplayer 1,124 views |Comments Off

DVDs are read by a laser, so they are resistant to fingerprints, dust, smudges, and scratches. However, surface contaminants and scratches can cause data errors. On a video player, the effect of data errors ranges from minor video artifacts to frame skipping to complete unplayability. So it’s a good idea to take care of your discs. In general treat them the same way as you would a CD.

Your player can’t be harmed by a scratched or dirty disc unless globs of nasty substances on it actually hit the lens. Still, it’s best to keep your discs clean, which will also keep the inside of your player clean. Don’t attempt to play a cracked disc, as it could shatter and damage the player. It doesn’t hurt to leave the disc in the player, even if it’s paused and still spinning, but leaving it running unattended for days on end might not be a good idea.

In general, there’s no need to clean the lens on your player, since the air moved by the rotating disc keeps it clean. However, if you use a lens cleaning disc in your CD player, you may want to do the same with your DVD player. It’s advisable to use a cleaning disc specifically designed for DVD players, because there are minor differences in lens positioning between DVD and CD players.

Periodic alignment of the pickup head is not necessary. Sometimes the laser can drift out of alignment, especially after rough handling of the player, but this is not a regular maintenance item.

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