RE: [Videolib] DVD damage

James Scholtz (
Tue, 12 Apr 2005 16:14:05 -0400

Hi Liene, Jim Scholtz here. Yes, I have seen such damage on a regular
basis returned from use on our collection. We also clean/repair DVDs from 2
video chain stores regularly and have confirmed reported from their main
office. Teh damage you describe results in playback from "cheap" DVD
players (commonly, the $39.95 versions available at Walmart, KMart, etc.).
Essentially, they cut grooves in the discs upon playback - even afer just 1
playback! Not really the fault of the patron - nothing they are doing
wrong. Problem is difficult to repair - machine-wise and the answer is to
buy a better DVD player. Discs are also being made much more cheaply
(plastic upper and lower layers come apart, metal foil is not as thick and
pits "pop" up causing pixilation in even new discs, hubs are not reinforced
like before. Abnormal heat and spin can make DVDs "shatter" or explode in
the player (this was actually fun to watch). Don't know the answer - we are
just notifying the patron/verifying the various brand names and where they
purchased player (APEX is on brand, but we've also had it happen on

Jim Scholtz, Library Director
Yankton Community Library
515 Walnut St.
Yankton, SD 57078
(605) 668-5276

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Liene
Sent: Tuesday, April 12, 2005 3:47 PM
Subject: [Videolib] DVD damage

Hi -

We are having a strange DVD problem in our library. DVDs are being returned
with circular "scratches" or grooves about 1/4 or 1/2 inch from the center.
They are perfect circles, not really scratches, and interfere with the
playing of the DVD. Has anyone seen damage like this? Is it possible for a
DVD player to damage a disc? Any answers would be greatly appreciated.


Liene Chaudhuri
Valley Cottage Library
110 Route 303
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
(845) 268-7700
(845) 268-7760 Fax
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