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Old 08-08-2005, 01:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, we all know the correct way to clean a disc? Many people clean it in a circle, and then yell at you when you tell them they are doing it wrong, saying that they are doing it right. Well, they are WRONG! You clean in a circle, you leave a scratch in a circle, the laser reads it in a circle, you may have a scratch that totally covers several tracks on that CD, rendering a good portion of it useless. You want to clean, in a straight line, from the center out... Or the outer in, depends on you. It's easier from the center. Go from the center of the CD, in a straight line, outwards to the brim. And clean like that and ONLY like that for the entire CD.

The Tootpaste Solution: You have to have a rag that you would ordinarilly clean a cd with, so as it wont scratch it all up. You take a VERY SMALL amount of the most natural additive free non-abrasive toothpaste you cnan get your hands on. Using a small dollip of it (Maybe only slightly larger than the amount of compound you would put on a CPU when applying a heatsink) and you place it on the scratch. With the rag, gently, but sternly, run the toothpaste into the scratch. Keep polishing the entire CD with the way mentioned above, and just keep working at it until the blemish dissapears, using SMALL amount of toothpaste when you need more. This does not ALWAYS work, but it sometimes does. When you have gouges, there is really no way to get rid of those. You can make them less sucky, but you cant always get tid of everything.
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Whew!!! I almost broke out Oral B!!!!!!
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The toothpaste that was recommended for use by the article was toms of Maine, and it can be found:

http://www.villagegreenmarket.com/Me...roduct_Count=0

Rico, quite good that you didnt bust out the oral B! I would imagine that the stuff in that would have ruined the CD completely.

BTW: how's that kegorator treatin ya?
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kegerator....cold and compelling!!!
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Dont forget Fullfilling... Kegorators are ALWAYS fullfilling!
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remember how a cd works. The data read is at the bottom layer of the cd. Usually if it is scratched, it refracts the laser incorectly so that it loses track of its location. What toothpaste or conditioner does is fill the scratched gap with a filler that allows a close to normal laser penetration and refraction. Remember, when a cd is scratched, the data in of itself is not actually scratched, instead it unfocuses the beam. To really understand, you have to have a general idea of how the mechanics work. Ill try and explain. The beam is concentrated through the laser onto the disk to the bottom layer (slanted pits, 1 and 0). If it is a one it centers back up onto the mirror and away to be read as a one. If it is off then it reflects the laser slightly off and it is not read. A lot more involved than that, but with out pics a little hard to explain in words.
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Maybe this will help out with the explanation a little bit:

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/cd.htm
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does it to a 'T', thanks To bad there isn't a drawing pad in this forum...
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