If your DVD burner is not reading discs or is botching discs you're trying to burn, it could be that the burner's lens is covered in dust. If this happens, the laser will not be able to read or write to the data layer of the disc, which could result in a variety of problems. Luckily, this is an easy fix and will only require about £9.
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Things you need
- CD/DVD laser lens cleaning kit
- Spray air
Purchase a CD/DVD laser lens cleaning kit. You can find these at any electronics retailer, usually for about £9.70. The kit itself is comprised of a single disc that is designed to spin in your drive and remove all dust from the lens.
Place the CD/DVD laser lens cleaning disc inside your DVD burner's disc tray. Close the tray and allow the CD to spin in the drive. As it spins, it will clear your lens of most, if not all, of the dust that is on it.
Purchase a can of spray air. As an extra precaution, open your drive's disc tray and gently spray a can of spray air into it. This will remove any of the big pieces of dust that may be lurking inside the tray.
Try to read or write a DVD once again. Once you've cleaned your DVD burner's lens, all you have left to do is attempt to use it normally. All of the problems you've been having should now be fixed.
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