Fix a Skipping DVD

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Fix a Skipping DVD
Fix a Skipping DVD

DVDs can skip for several reasons. Dust may have accumulated on the surface of the DVD, the disc may be scratched, or the DVD player itself may not work properly. Clean the surface of the DVD, rub off any scratches and clean your DVD player to prevent your DVD from skipping in the future. If none of these methods work, it will at least give you an idea which part is broken.


Method 1 of 3: Using rubbing alcohol

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Step 1. Take rubbing alcohol and a lint-free cloth

If you wear glasses, use the lint-free cloth you use to clean your lenses. This type of cloth is excellent for cleaning materials without damaging them. If you don't have rubbing alcohol at home, buy a bottle from your local supermarket or convenience store.

  • You can use a bottle of distilled water if you can't find rubbing alcohol anywhere.
  • Do not use tap water as it may contain salt which can further damage your DVD.
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Step 2. Eject the DVD and put a little rubbing alcohol on your cloth

Some DVD players require you to press the 'Stop' button on your remote before you can eject the DVD. Hold the wipe over the opening of the bottle. Quickly tilt the bottle to put a small amount of alcohol on the cloth.

When handling the DVD, hold it by the edges. Holding the center of the disc or other parts can cause further damage

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Step 3. Wipe the DVD from the center to the edge with the cloth

Hold the outside of the disc, place the cloth in the center and wipe in a soft, smooth motion towards the outer edge of the disc. Wipe the bottom of the DVD, the side with the glossy surface. Do not use pressure or friction when wiping, as this will only damage the disc.

  • Wipe from the center outwards around the entire disc.
  • Do not wipe the disc in a circular motion. This will cause more scratches and further damage the DVD.
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Step 4. Give the DVD a few minutes to dry before putting it in the DVD player

your DVD won't be very wet after rubbing it with a damp cloth, but you should give it a few minutes to dry. Do not put it down while it dries as dust or dirt can build up on the surface.

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Step 5. Test the DVD to see if it still skips

If the DVD works perfectly, the cleaning process has worked. If the DVD keeps skipping, there is either something wrong with the DVD or the DVD player.

Try another DVD. If that DVD doesn't skip, the first DVD is broken. If it does skip, your DVD player is probably defective

Method 2 of 3: Cleaning the DVD with toothpaste

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Step 1. Inspect your DVD to find a scratch on the glossy surface

When your DVD stops working, it is usually a large scratch in the plastic coating that causes these problems. Grasp the DVD by the edges and hold it away from light so you can see every small groove in the coating. Locate the scratch somewhere on the surface of the DVD.

The scratch may be very small. If you can see it, it's likely causing problems with your DVD playing

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Step 2. Put a little toothpaste on the scratch

Use a cotton swab or a lint-free cloth to apply the toothpaste to the scratch. Do not use your finger as you may further damage the surface of the DVD.

Some people recommend using a toothbrush to apply the toothpaste to the scratch. This is a bad idea because some toothbrushes have thick bristles that will scratch the surface of your DVD

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Step 3. Use a cotton swab to rub the toothpaste into the scratch

Rub the cotton swab over the scratch in small circular motions. Don't be too rough with the swab. You should try to be as delicate as possible when rubbing the toothpaste over the scratch.

Conventional wisdom says that you should never use circular motions to clean a DVD. This is true for the most part, but you should use circular motions to remove the scratch from the surface

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Step 4. Wipe the DVD with a damp lint-free cloth from the center to the edge

Use a clean cloth to remove the toothpaste from the DVD. Use gentle, smooth strokes with the cloth to clean the surface of the disc and cause minimal damage.

Avoid using tap water as the salty minerals will erode the surface of the disc

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Step 5. Insert the DVD into your player to check if it works

If the DVD plays perfectly without skipping, you have managed to remove the scratch and recover the DVD. If the DVD still skips after you repair the scratch, there are a few options:

  • There is one more scratch that you need to remove. Chances are you've removed one of the many scratches on the DVD's surface. If the DVD doesn't work after removing the first scratch, use toothpaste on the other one.
  • There is a problem with your DVD player. Blow into the disc tray to remove dust from the reading lens. If the DVD still skips, try another DVD in the DVD player. If that works without any problems, your DVD is probably damaged beyond repair.

Method 3 of 3: Cleaning the DVD player

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Step 1. Unplug the DVD player from the power outlet

Before you start cleaning the DVD, make sure it's not plugged in to power. You are going to give the DVD player a thorough cleaning and it is vital that you do this in a safe manner.

Lay the cables and cords on a bench or other place. Separate them to avoid tangling

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Step 2. Lay the DVD player on a work surface and wipe the outside

Take the DVD player and place it on a clean, stable work surface. Use a damp cloth to wipe the outside of the DVD player. Pay particular attention to the ventilation openings when using the cloth.

Be careful not to touch the electrical outlets of the player with the damp cloth

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Step 3. Remove dust from the vents with a vacuum cleaner

If you have a small nozzle for your vacuum cleaner, attach it. Place the mouthpiece over the vents to remove any dust or debris from the fan and other parts of the DVD player.

If you don't have a small nozzle, put another attachment on the end of the vacuum. If you use the vacuum cleaner without attachments, the power of the vacuum cleaner can damage the inside of the machine

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Step 4. Open the disc tray and clean it

You can open most DVD players by pressing the eject button on the device itself. If not, plug the device back in, click the eject button and unplug the device again. Place the vacuum cleaner against the opening of the DVD player to remove dust and dirt that has accumulated inside.

Do not try to push the vacuum cleaner into the appliance. It is enough to hold it gently against the opening

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Step 5. Clean the laser and the player's playhead with a cotton swab

The playhead is located on the ceiling of the inside of the unit. The laser is usually located at the bottom. Use very gentle rubbing motions to clean these components. Do not be too rough, as the inside of the device can be easily damaged.

Add some alcohol to your cotton swab for a more thorough clean

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Step 6. Wait 20 minutes before plugging it back in

Just to be safe, 20 minutes should be enough time for the DVD player to dry after you've cleaned it. When you plug the DVD player back in, test the DVD to see if it still skips. If it doesn't skip, then the DVD player was probably the problem.

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