How to fix CDs that jump/skip

jennifur77 jennifur77
I have a number of CDs I've picked up at garage sales, and almost all of them have a track or two that jumps or skips due to scratches or some other reason. I bought one of those cleaner kits at Walmart, but no luck in fixing it with that. Anyone else have any ideas? It can be harsher because if it does happen to ruin the cd, well, no real harm done since it isn't working right to begin with!

Thanks.
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MrWill MrWill
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Originally posted by jennifur77
I have a number of CDs I've picked up at garage sales, and almost all of them have a track or two that jumps or skips due to scratches or some other reason. I bought one of those cleaner kits at Walmart, but no luck in fixing it with that. ... More
You can buy one of the buffer kits (if that is what you meant by cleaner, I am sorry) or you can try toothpaste and a cotton pad in super small circles.

I've had success before copying a cd that wouldn't play in a car or regular cd player ot the computer before, and then make another copy that doesn't skip.
04/08/2013
*Camoprincess* *Camoprincess*
Quote:
Originally posted by MrWill
You can buy one of the buffer kits (if that is what you meant by cleaner, I am sorry) or you can try toothpaste and a cotton pad in super small circles.

I've had success before copying a cd that wouldn't play in a car or regular cd ... More
The toothpaste one does work or you can use shaving cream let it dry then wipe off with a soft cloth
04/08/2013
GONE! GONE!
I've only heard of the toothpaste trick. Good luck!
04/08/2013
jennifur77 jennifur77
Do I need to use a certain type of toothpaste? Like paste instead of gel?
04/08/2013
Gary Gary
The problem with CDs is usually just a scratch in the surface of the plastic coating. If you can see light through the disc, the information area, there is no fixing it. What the toothpaste and repair kits do is make the surface smooth again. It's like potholes. When the laser is trying to read the cd and hit the 'pothole' it jumps. I hope this helps, the toothpaste trick sounds pretty crazy on its own, but if you get why it works... way less crazy. Good luck!
04/08/2013
jennifur77 jennifur77
Quote:
Originally posted by Gary
The problem with CDs is usually just a scratch in the surface of the plastic coating. If you can see light through the disc, the information area, there is no fixing it. What the toothpaste and repair kits do is make the surface smooth again. ... More
Most of them are light scratches, so I'm hoping there is hope for them. It's frustrating how many CDs I own that are scratched, but I guess that's what happens when you frequent garage sales.
04/08/2013
gsfanatic gsfanatic
Yea, that's the downside of discount CDs. Hope the toothpaste thing works, I wasn't aware of that one
04/08/2013
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