Are you tired of getting "No Disc" error message on your computer even when you have inserted it in your disc reader of your computer? You may need to clean the DVD laser lens which helps your reader to detect and read data from your compact discs.
The laser pickup is what reads DVD's and allow you to view them on your TV or computer. If you need to clean the laser pickup lens on a DVD player, follow these steps.
1. First of all make sure that laser pickup is actually the issue with your disc reader - there are wide variety of instructions and steps you can follow to get your Disc reader working again and in some cases you might have to replace it with the new one. For example - your disc itself might have been damaged and your reader is unable to pick up the data from it. The best option is to test your DVD player with disc that you know works before trying to clean the lens.
2. Purchase a lens cleaner disc and try it first -- don't use cheap lens clean as it might get your disc reader in the worst condition than it is now. The lens cleaner usually do their job well and cleans it effectively.
3. If disc cleaner couldn't get your DVD player to detect the discs again - you will have to clean the laser pickup lens manually. First of all take out the DVD reader from your CPU or unplug your DVD player from your television.
4. Remove the outer casing by un-screwing the bolts and slide the top casing off. This will expose the DVD deck, which houses the laser pickup lens.
5. Find the lens. The lens will be glass and under the DVD clamp. The lens will probably have a blue tint to it.
6. Use a cotton swab and some isopropyl alcohol to gently wipe the lens. Just a quick scrub will do. Dry the laser pickup lens with the other end of the swab.
7. Give the lens a few seconds to dry and replace the covering and tighten the screw in their appropriate place.
8. Test the efficiency of the player. If necessary, repeat the process.
Tips & warnings
- A simple cotton swab will do the job of cleaning the lens well.
- Don't overdo the cleaning or you may damage the lens.
- Don't use anything sharp or rough to clean the lens. With one tiny scratch, it will be useless.
- Make sure the DVD reader is unplugged before you begin working on it.