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How to Fix a Scratched Video Game
Six Methods:Cleaning With DetergentCleaning With Rubbing AlcoholPolishing With ToothpastePolishing With Wax or JellyProfessional HelpPolishing with a Banana
Imagine this: You want to play your favorite video game so you fetch it from its case and place it into the game system. But wait. What's this? You get an error message filling the screen instead of the expected game. You quickly whip it out of the system to find a horrific scratch down the back. Aaah! You're down in a creek. But before you run to the store to buy another copy, try some of these steps.
Method 1 of 6: Cleaning With Detergent
1 Ensure that the disc does not have any major scratches. A video game cd with major scratched will probably have to be professionally resurfaced, meaning it most likely cannot be fixed at home.
2. Apply a small amount of water and dish detergent to the disc(s).
3Using lukewarm a soft, microfiber cloth, wipe the disc clean from center to edge, not in a circular pattern.
Wiping in a circular pattern will create axial (rotational) scratches, which are far more of a problem than radial scratches.
4Rinse well to remove any detergent and grime. shake off excess water, and pat dry with a soft, lint free cloth.
5Put it back into the game console and see if it worked.
Method 2 of 6: Cleaning With Rubbing Alcohol
1Apply a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the data-side of the video game CD.
2Using outward (axial) swipes, clean the CD with a soft, microfiber cloth. Only wipe the CD a few times, and gently at that.
3Allow any excess rubbing alcohol to evaporate naturally. Rubbing alcohol evaporates quickly, making it a good cleaner.
4Try your CD in your game console. If this strategy doesn't work, move on to some of the methods described below.
Method 3 of 6: Polishing With Toothpaste
1Put a dab of toothpaste the size of a pencil eraser onto your video game disc.
Make sure to choose a toothpaste that's actually an abrasive, one that feels gritty between your fingers or when it's in your mouth. A natural, chunkier toothpaste will work best.
2Wet your finger and gently wipe the toothpaste into the scratched area using a straight, outward motion. Don't rub the toothpaste in circles; it will only create more scratches that are harder for the console to read.
3After about a minute of rubbing, gently wash the toothpaste off the video game disc.
4Inspect for scratches. If the scratch looks entirely polished away, try putting it into your console and playing it. If it still looks scratched, you may need to gently polish it several more times until the scratches are completely gone.
Over repeated polishings, the scratch will start to look like more of a shadow. When you're got it to this state, you're good.
Method 4 of 6: Polishing With Wax or Jelly
1Rub a petroleum jelly like Vaseline over the data side of the CD. Try this method only after other methods have failed.
2Wipe away the petroleum jelly with a paper towel using straight, outward (axial) swipes. Again, do not rub in circles.
Follow the manufacturer's instructions for cleaning. Some waxes or jellies need to dry a bit before they are removed with a paper towel or cloth.
Make sure you get off any and all wax/jelly before you place the CD back in your console. You don't want the inside of your console to be all sticky.
3Try playing the game in your console. Repeat if necessary.
Method 5 of 6: Professional Help
1Ask nearby video stores if they can rebuff the disk. Professional resurfacing usually costs about $5 per disc, but $5 is better than spending another $60 for a new disc.
2Look into buying an automated skip fixer. The Game Doctor is a good model one to look into.
Follow the instructions on the auto-skip fixer.
After using the fixer, place the game back into the console.
If it still shows an error, consider returning the game to the store.
Method 6 of 6: Polishing with a Banana
This is for lightly scratched discs.
1Peel and cut your banana in half.
2Rub onto the surface of your disc. Do not rub in circles; rub crossways.
3Wash gently with lukewarm water.
4Repeat two to three times if scratches are still on the surface of your disc. Eventually, the peel should repair the disk.
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