Re: [Videolib] DVD/CD repair machines - update

Fred Sandner (fsandner@rcls.org)
Thu, 11 Mar 2004 19:43:59 -0500

Ditto from me, Jim. I'll be looking forward to your LJ article. It would be nice to get a handle on this mess. - Fred Sandner

---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: "Renee Zurn" <rzurn@duluth.lib.mn.us>
Reply-To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 16:51:07 -0600

>Jim,
>Thanks for your continuing research. I have decided we need to
>purchase something to clean DVDs and Cds for our library and it is great
>to get feedback from someone who is doing such great research on the
>topic. Keep up the good work!
>
>Renee Zurn
>Duluth Public Library
>Duluth Mn
>
>>>> jimscholtz@sdln.net 03/11/04 01:26PM >>>
>Hi there Videolibbers - just an update on the on-going and thrilling
>saga
>of evaluating DVD/CD repair machines. I've had the Disc-Go pod for
>almost
>a week and am returning it due to the following dislikes:
>
>On/off switch doesn't stay on every time I had to continually press it
>for
>it to stay on. tend to think that, after the 30-day warranty is up,
>I'll
>have a great motor with no on/off switch.
>
>Pressure on discs seems to be hap-hazard and unpredictable meaning
>that
>the machine is repairing large buff/scratches but replacing them with
>many
>smaller surface scratches that render a DVD unplayable (defracting
>laser
>light from surface pits). It made some discs that played before
>repair,
>unplayable. I recognize that I might not be proficient in the cleaning
>
>mechanics but, if after several tries, I cannot get the right
>polishing/buffing pressure applied, then the machine just doesn't work
>
>well. It shouldn't be rocket-science.
>
>The mechanics of putting a disc in and screwing on the hold-down were
>very
>time intensive and opportunities for cross-threading the hold-down are
>
>many (a quick-coupler would work fantastic). It takes a great deal
>of
>force to screw the hold-down securely and much more to unscrew it after
>
>cleaning has taken place.
>
>Made of durable plastic but the hold-down lid clamp was plastic and
>didn't
>take up much area - I can see this breaking in the near future. Only a
>
>30-day warranty on the whole unit - so if it breaks, I'm out
>$345/$395.
>
>Too bad it didn't work well because the unit had potential - even
>though it
>was a wet process, it used very little water and wasn't too messy.
>Because
>of the small amount of water used, various stickers, protective labels
>and
>security labels didn't come off - great! Quiet unit and small desktop
>
>footprint.
>
>Unit ran for 5 min. then shut off - no audible timer end. Aluminum
>oxide
>suspended in water (sanding) solution had a tendency to adhere to disc
>
>surface and leave marks (could have been water impurities - didn't try
>
>using distilled water) that I had to use an off-the-shelf cleaning
>solution
>to remove (on both sides of disc).
>
>So, now I'm trying the JFJ single unit ($595 at PLA; $795
>advertised). This unit is a multi-stage (could be only a single stage,
>
>depending upon damage) unit has lots of potential - doesn't use water -
>
>only small amounts of solution depending upon stage/damage and
>different
>[buffer] pads. Don't worry. I'll keep you informed of the progress.
>In
>the meantime - don't waste your time with the Disc-Go Pod. Jim S.
>
>James C. Scholtz, Director
>Yankton Community Library
>515 Walnut St.
>Yankton, SD 57078
>605-668-5276
>jimscholtz@sdln.net
>
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