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Some of my DVDs "skip" when playing. How do I correct that?

Asked by JackAdams (6574points) August 23rd, 2008

I handle my DVDs so carefully, yet they will skip on occasion or “freeze,” and they don’t do so in all of my DVD players; only in certain ones.

Can they be repaired at all, or do I have to purchase new ones all the time?

This reminds me of the 45 RPM records I had, before CDs were created, because skipped all the time, unless you placed a quarter on top of the tone arm.

August 23, 2008, 11:50 PM EDT

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Bri_L's avatar

It sounds like it is the DVD. Some players have better technology for compensating for the data it can’t read because of scratches. You can actually clean them pretty safely. I don’t know how well the resurfacers do.

Another thing I have done is dub one with a computer. It will read the info and do its best to correct it. Then when you burn it the new disk wont have the scratches. There may be the briefest of jumps but it wont lock up.

Just a couple of thoughts. Hope it helps.

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks much, really!

August 24, 2008, 1:12 AM EDT

cak's avatar

My husband has a disk doctor- he likes it, we’ve only had one that was too far gone to fix. (it landed in my son’s hand…bad idea!)

JackAdams's avatar

“Disk Doctor” is a coimmercial product sold in stores?

August 24, 2008, 1:22 AM EDT

cak's avatar

Let me try to find a link. It is, though. You can find it (usually) at places like Best Buy, Circuit City or even the game stores, like EB’s.

JackAdams's avatar

Thanks much!

August 24, 2008, 1:47 AM EDT

cak's avatar

This is on Amazon, it’s the same thing – basically – ours is a little older – so it’s looks just a bit different.


cak's avatar

No problem! Good luck. :)

shrubbery's avatar

I find that cheaper and not as well known brand DVD players are far less fussy when it comes to scratches and DVDs from other countries too. It’s the ones like LG that kick up a fuss over a tiiiiiny little scratch. It might be worth buying a little 40 dollar DVD player.

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