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Can optical drives outdate disks?

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2 years ago#11
Another angle to consider here is that if you live in a dusty house, dust can settle on the lens and eventually it'll cause it to have trouble reading discs.

I have an old DVD burner and I hadn't used it much, so when I did finally decide to use it one day I noticed it was having trouble reading discs that SHOULD be fine, and it was dust on the lens. You can buy one of those CD's with the light brushes on them made to sweep dust off the lens, or you could try blowing it out with some kind of canned air (I haven't tried that).
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2 years ago#12
I'd be careful with canned air in an optical drive - that lens carriage system is pretty fragile, and if you apply a ton of pressure to it, you could end up breaking it.
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