How to clean a laptop DVD lens

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How to clean a laptop DVD lens
Clean your laptop's DVD lens when you encounter frequent disc-read errors and skipping. (laptop dvdrom image by TEA from

Dirty laptop DVD lenses cause annoying skipping and disc-read errors, making it difficult to watch your favourite DVDs. If your DVDs are clean and scratch-free, try using a store-bought DVD lens cleaner. These cleaners consist of a disc with small brushes attached that clean the lens while it spins in the drive. For a really dirty lens, clean it manually with cotton swabs and isopropyl alcohol. The alcohol removes dirt and evaporates quickly without leaving a cloudy residue.

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Things you need

  • DVD lens cleaner
  • Cotton swabs
  • Isopropyl alcohol

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  1. 1

    Open the laptop's DVD drive and insert the cleaning disc, brush side down.

  2. 2

    Close the DVD drive and play the disc in your media player. Follow the instructions on the screen until the cleaning cycle is finished.

  3. 3

    Remove the cleaning disc from the drive. Insert a DVD to see if it plays properly. If not, you will need to manually clean the lens.

  4. 4

    Dip a cotton swab in isopropyl alcohol. Squeeze it to remove any excess liquid.

  5. 5

    Open the DVD drive and lightly wipe the clear lens with the cotton swab. Allow the lens to dry before inserting a disc or closing the drive.

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