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(Some Banana)   How to fix your scratched CDs/DVDs with a banana. Yes, this actually works   (redbalcony.com) divider line 69
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2007-08-07 09:06:23 PM  
How about a pointy stick?
 
2007-08-07 09:23:05 PM  
I guess this is good news for the Redbox/NetFlix crowd.

Anyone out there want to put that to the test with a roached DVD?
 
2007-08-07 09:44:15 PM  
So basically, do some pointless and silly action, then clean your CD with glass cleaner and a soft cloth, and then marvel that it's...cleaner? Am I missing something?
 
2007-08-07 10:26:40 PM  
Norad: I guess this is good news for the Redbox/NetFlix crowd.


Yes, it is. They've started to intentionally send me scratched DVDs, I know they have.

*crinkle of tin foil*
 
2007-08-07 10:32:55 PM  
Proof of intelligent design. That God guy is a genius.
 
axd
2007-08-07 11:19:52 PM  
CravenMorehead: Proof of intelligent design. That God guy is a genius.

I was hoping that would be obscure enough that I wouldn't be beaten to it, but then again... this is FARK.
 
2007-08-07 11:21:03 PM  
I use car wax on scratched CDs, and it has worked every time.
 
2007-08-07 11:22:52 PM  
www.pemantle.com
 
2007-08-07 11:24:41 PM  
I use a lighter to remelt the plastic. Hold a lighter to it for about 3-5 seconds until the plastic gets soft, then dunk it in salted ice water (regular ice water doesn't work; it's not cold enough.) The scratches will be gone. Not just filled, but gone forever.

I swear, it works.
 
2007-08-07 11:27:40 PM  
shackelford: It's cellular, modular, interactive-odular.
 
2007-08-07 11:27:54 PM  
It worked like a charm. Next question: how do I get these damned fruit flies out of my optical drive?
 
2007-08-07 11:29:12 PM  
Subby you sound like you've done this, care to share your story?

Why the fark aren't they in a case so you never see/touch the surface?
 
2007-08-07 11:34:13 PM  
hmm.... I may try this.
 
2007-08-07 11:35:44 PM  
Holy fark. I wouldn't let that guy within 50 feet of my DVDs.

First off, don't wipe a DVD in circular motion -- you're just grinding dust and dirt into the DVD. You always wipe from inner rim to outer rim in parallel lines.

Second, you don't clean a DVD unless it isn't playing. If it has scratches but plays fine, don't clean it just to try and get the scratches to disappear.

Third, all he's doing is filling in the scratches with particles from the banana, then wiping it smooth with a coat of glass cleaner. However, this same principle works just with glass cleaner. But! I wouldn't use glass cleaner on a DVD.

Man oh man... why can't people take better care of CDs/DVDs.
 
2007-08-07 11:38:15 PM  
fatbear: I use a lighter to remelt the plastic. Hold a lighter to it for about 3-5 seconds until the plastic gets soft, then dunk it in salted ice water (regular ice water doesn't work; it's not cold enough.) The scratches will be gone. Not just filled, but gone forever.

I swear, it works.


i6.tinypic.com

Nooo!

You jerk!
 
2007-08-07 11:40:43 PM  
RING RING RING RING RING BANANACD
 
2007-08-07 11:47:32 PM  
I shove them up my ass....not to clean them, just for kicks.
 
2007-08-07 11:50:43 PM  
Are you really fixing them to play again, or are you just cosmetically making it appear like there are no scratches?
 
2007-08-07 11:53:18 PM  
Yeah, vid clips are more interesting with boobs, BUT NOT MAN BOOBS!
 
2007-08-07 11:57:31 PM  
I just used Brasso on my sons scratched Metroid GC disk.
Worked great.
 
2007-08-08 12:00:49 AM  
zorgon: RING RING RING RING RING BANANACD

I hate thee for filling my head with that song again.
 
2007-08-08 12:04:27 AM  
Whatthefark: I just used Brasso on my sons scratched Metroid GC disk.
Worked great.


Got rid of it for good, did you?

/Prefer the old school Samus!
 
2007-08-08 12:08:16 AM  
Cool, I can use it on my Growing Pains season one disc that is scratched.
 
2007-08-08 12:12:14 AM  
The real question is...does it work?
 
2007-08-08 12:12:59 AM  
Just download it again, and eat a banana while you wait for it?
 
2007-08-08 12:14:40 AM  
silicone oil works too.

or lotion containing dimethicone.
 
2007-08-08 12:22:33 AM  
Atheist's nightmare, indeed.
 
2007-08-08 12:38:46 AM  
how's about not being a cheapskate and buying a Disc Doctor.
 
2007-08-08 12:48:41 AM  
img.photobucket.com

/obvious
 
2007-08-08 12:54:49 AM  
Gary Busey on a Rampage: Are you really fixing them to play again, or are you just cosmetically making it appear like there are no scratches?

That depends on how deep the scratch is. Some scratches cause a bad reflection in the laser when it tries to read the grooves. The laser ends up shooting in the wrong direction when it either goes through or bounces back (it's reading pits and grooves so distance matters).

Most scratches that are just on the top are read right through by the laser. That's why if the DVD works but has scratches on it, leave it alone.

Take a CD/DVD and tilt it in the light (but not an overly bright light or you won't be able to see the scratches). You're looking for scratches that you can see a reflection of. If you see a scratch and you see another scratch that appears to be a "shadow" of the one on top, that's bad. That's a deep scratch and could cause problems.
 
2007-08-08 01:02:14 AM  
I've always used toothpaste.
 
2007-08-08 01:13:04 AM  
ComicBookGuy: How about a pointy stick?

shut up!
 
2007-08-08 01:18:36 AM  
Toothpaste works just as well.
 
2007-08-08 01:27:51 AM  
i2.ebayimg.com
 
2007-08-08 01:42:33 AM  
I use three seashells.
 
2007-08-08 01:50:06 AM  
I think this smear it all over then wipe it off campaign is being orchestrated by the Military Facials Film Industry Complex.
 
2007-08-08 01:53:10 AM  
If your DVD's stop working, you need to rewind them first.
 
2007-08-08 01:55:04 AM  
SherKhan: I use three seashells.

Yes, but how do you actually use them? I want to know, dammit!
 
2007-08-08 03:07:08 AM  
Link (popperoni)
 
2007-08-08 03:46:03 AM  
I sincerely hope he isn't using an ammonia based glass cleaner on a non glass product...
 
2007-08-08 03:48:35 AM  
ignite ice: Holy fark. I wouldn't let that guy within 50 feet of my DVDs.

First off, don't wipe a DVD in circular motion -- you're just grinding dust and dirt into the DVD. You always wipe from inner rim to outer rim in parallel lines.


Amen. I learned this ages ago and I am still shocked by the people I see spray the disc with glass cleaner, and then scrub the hell out of it in a circular motion. Even the rental place I frequent does it... they try to look customer-friendly by cleaning each disc before they rent it to you, but they have high-school gals rubbing CDs willy-nilly. (I love that expression...)

If your CD is that bad, do the toothpaste thing, it works... but STRAIGHT lines. Then save it, cause it is a temporary fix.
 
2007-08-08 03:59:03 AM  
Btw, I grabbed a DVD that wasn't playing, managed to rip it (so as to make a backup copy), and tried to use the toothpaste trick. In short: don't do it. (Actually, the DVD still works, but it made a hell of a lot more scratches, though the laser reads right through them. The point is, it didn't fix the original scratch.)
 
2007-08-08 04:01:15 AM  
(When I was working at a BB franchise, the owners had a DVD repair machine -- it was awesome. They did free repairs and basically it took a small layer off the top of the DVD. This wasn't a cheap disc-doctor either. It rocked. So if you have the chance, stop down at a video store, because some corporate video stores have disc repair machines in the store.)
 
2007-08-08 04:12:05 AM  
I notice the video didn't show him playing the CD afterwards.

/Nice tits though.
 
2007-08-08 04:25:01 AM  
I use common sense and don't scratch my stuff.

Well, I try to.

But I'm dumb.

... damn scratches.
 
2007-08-08 04:49:17 AM  
The best results I find is milk and sugar actually. It's a simple procedure that involves very little time or effort. You simply cover the bottom of the CD in Sugar, you leave it for a minute, let the granules settle into the grooves of the CD or DVD. After that minute drop the CD or DVD into a bowl of milk. Put it in the microwave for exactly 3 and a half minutes. When you take the bowl out, wipe the CD or DVD off with a brillo pad. By then your CD or DVD will be ready to use again. Works without any problem whatsoever and I urge you to try it out.
 
2007-08-08 05:07:26 AM  
ignite ice:
maybe you shouldn't use the toothpaste that contains baking soda!
 
2007-08-08 07:25:45 AM  
I thought all toothpastes contain an abrasive.

Also, make a copy.
 
2007-08-08 07:31:40 AM  
ignite ice: Holy fark. I wouldn't let that guy within 50 feet of my DVDs.

First off, don't wipe a DVD in circular motion -- you're just grinding dust and dirt into the DVD. You always wipe from inner rim to outer rim in parallel lines.

Second, you don't clean a DVD unless it isn't playing. If it has scratches but plays fine, don't clean it just to try and get the scratches to disappear.

Third, all he's doing is filling in the scratches with particles from the banana, then wiping it smooth with a coat of glass cleaner. However, this same principle works just with glass cleaner. But! I wouldn't use glass cleaner on a DVD.

Man oh man... why can't people take better care of CDs/DVDs.


That.

Also, I've found that scratching the rest of the CD/DVD until it's filed down to the rest of the scratches works just as well. You should all try it.


/at least Netflix isn't sending cracked CDs to everyone else yet
 
2007-08-08 08:54:02 AM  
OK, so 1) Cover CD with banana. 2) Carefully remove all traces of banana. 3) Wipe the CD clean.

Ta-da!
 
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