Is it possible for a player to damage your discs?

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  1. Andrew Howe

    Andrew Howe Auditioning

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    So there I was, watching my much-loved copy of Still Crazy, when everything started going haywire. Checking the disc, I noticed that it was scratched to hell, so I assumed that I must have dropped it on the ground one night when I'd had a few too many beers.
    However, this got me to thinking - is it possible for the player itself to scratch your discs? I once had an old CD player that was accused by some of doing exactly that, but I would have thought that the only way that could happen would be if the laser actually touched the disc, and I imagine the disc wouldn't play if that was happening.
    I suppose this could also be caused by some kind of grit in the disc tray, but I reckon it'd have to be a pretty noticeable foreign object to do any real damage.
    I'm going to run a few tests on my least favourite DVD's, but if anybody has any input I'd be glad to hear it.
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  2. Vietor

    Vietor Stunt Coordinator

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    I know a guy who has a 3 disk DVD changer, in the form of 3 individual trays, and tray 1 will eat DVD's. You put a DVD in and it comes out all scratched up, tray 3 works fine, and tray 2 also seems to work fine, but tray 1 will eat whatever you put in it.
    So yes, a player can kill CD/DVDs. I don'tt know if the DVD played correctly while it was getting deestroyed, but I think it played, though I am really not sure.
     
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    I used to have problems with car CD players where the "curtains" on the CD slot would scratch the hell out of CDs. None of my DVDs have even a smudge on them though.
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    The main board went out of my Sony MDP-333, CD/LD player and the laser assembly went bezerk and dug a canal in a Laserdisc. Possible is the word. Best wishes!
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  5. John Morris

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    My PS2 has eaten two copies of SSX. Unfortunately, the PS2 discs are uncopyable, so I wasn't able to make working copies for my family while shelving the original like I do with my computer discs. However, thankfully, most stores will allow you to return a bad disc for that same new disc. Maybe if EA and Sony get enough of these returns, they'll re-evaluate their copy protection scheme... then again probably not.
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