How to clean a slot load DVD player

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Like any piece of electronics, a DVD player can get finicky over time. If you find that your DVD player is not performing up to its prior standard, you may need to clean it. Cleaning a slot load DVD player can greatly improve the player's overall performance.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton swabs
  • Hair dryer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Examine the exterior of the DVD player for any excess dust and dirt. Eject the DVD drawer and lightly dust the area.

  2. 2

    Find a blank DVD. Dip a cotton swab in rubbing alcohol, and apply it to the back of the DVD.

  3. 3

    Insert the DVD with the rubbing alcohol into the slot load DVD player. This may be enough to do the trick. If you continue to experience issues, proceed to the next step.

  4. 4

    Open the DVD drawer, and use a hair dryer to blow air onto it. This will help clean the area by removing remaining dust and dirt.

  5. 5

    Unplug the DVD player and use a screwdriver to take the top off the player.

  6. 6

    Remove the lens cover and gently clean it, using a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol. Be very careful as the lens cover is delicate.

Tips and warnings

  • DVD self-cleaning discs can be quite effective and easy to use. Consider a cleaning kit to save time.
  • Always confirm the DVD player is unplugged before removing the top.
  • The DVD player's interior parts are fragile. Handle with care.

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