Re: [Videolib] Exploding dvds

Gary Handman (
Thu, 07 Aug 2003 12:02:54 -0700

hmmm...sounds like a classic urban legend to me..."The Poodle in the
Microwave," "The Black Widow in the Hair-do,"... "The Exploding DVD"...


At 01:20 PM 8/7/2003 -0500, you wrote:
>Yesterday, at a system meeting, a library reported having both dvds and
>cd-roms explode in the players and computers. Apparently, it is believed
>that this was caused by hairline cracks in the discs. Why the discs
>explode, who knows. One theory on the cd-roms is that they are older
>programs, being asked to run in newer computers, so the drives operate
>faster. Several staff members saw this happen - on a dvd player, or
>computer, I don't know. Also, it has happened to 2 patrons. This library's
>board has directed their staff to pull all dvds and cd-roms that have
>hairline cracks. My question is - has anyone ever heard of this happening?
>I can't believe that if this is true, someone on this list wouldn't have
>mentioned it. Also, if it is a hairline crack - how can you see it anyway.
>You would practically have to use a magnifying glass on each disc. If the
>crack was any bigger, you would be able to see it, and it wouldn't run
>anyway. Thanks for any info.
>Becky Tatar
>Unit Head, Periodicals, Audiovisual
>Aurora Public Library
>1 E. Benton Street
>Aurora, IL 60505
>PHONE: 630-264-4100
>FAX: 630-896-3209
>Videolib mailing list

Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley

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