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Windows 7: Optical Drive Cleaning

05 Jan 2011   #21
fimble

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Some of those nicotine stainings can be really stubborn though.
I've always advocated using a slightly moist Brillo pad backed up with plenty of elbow grease.


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05 Jan 2011   #22
James Colbert

 
 

I quit smoking 10 years ago, but I can honestly say I've never found a need to clean my optical drives. I've been using computers since '92.

James
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05 Jan 2011   #23
seekermeister

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by fimble View Post
Some of those nicotine stainings can be really stubborn though.
I've always advocated using a slightly moist Brillo pad backed up with plenty of elbow grease.
Now there is a really "useful" remark.
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05 Jan 2011   #24
seekermeister

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
I quit smoking 10 years ago, but I can honestly say I've never found a need to clean my optical drives. I've been using computers since '92.

James
I have never been too good about this chore before either, but since I'm currently into encoding a large collection of DVDs, I feel that anything that might squeeze a few more FPS on a task, would make the job a bit faster, and I might finish it before the end of time.
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05 Jan 2011   #25
James Colbert

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seekermeister View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by James Colbert View Post
I quit smoking 10 years ago, but I can honestly say I've never found a need to clean my optical drives. I've been using computers since '92.

James
I have never been too good about this chore before either, but since I'm currently into encoding a large collection of DVDs, I feel that anything that might squeeze a few more FPS on a task, would make the job a bit faster, and I might finish it before the end of time.
Tell me how much time you need. If it goes beyond the the end, I'll see what I can do (to extend time, not help encode your discs...).

James
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05 Jan 2011   #26
linnemeyerhere

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Rules of repair:
1) Don't fix what isn't broken
Second rule:
2) See rule number one
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05 Jan 2011   #27
A Guy

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I wouldn't use windex, at this point I'd leave it be. Distilled water, or alcohol that doesn't leave residue is one thing, cleaners with ammonia and such, I wouldn't. A Guy
You may well be right, but aren't the lens made of glass? If so, I would think that a glass cleaner would be perfect...streak free.
This is optical glass, maybe even with a coating. No saying what effect it might have, maybe none. Drives are cheap though

A Guy
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06 Jan 2011   #28
seekermeister

W7x64 Pro, SuSe 12.1/** W7 x64 Pro, XP MCE
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
Rules of repair:
1) Don't fix what isn't broken
Second rule:
2) See rule number one
Agreed. but maintenance is not repair.
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06 Jan 2011   #29
linnemeyerhere

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This is true and fortunately if something goes wrong these optical drives sans BluRay's are cheap. I would use a camera lens cleaning kit. I would use a dry q-tip at first and look at it with a magnifier. Then light moisten a fresh q-tip and allow to sit for 10 seconds then swab the lens and immediately dry with a clean q-tip then blast the lens with the camera lens bubble brush.
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