rant on disc scratches

furcalchick

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Dec 19, 2006
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i'm currently playing ff12, renting it from the local blockbuster. i'm at the part where vaan and his party go to bhujerba for the first time to save pinelo. right after the cut scene where pinelo is tied up, the disc just starts and stops and nothing loads at all. found out that the disc is massively scratched. i wish some people would learn that these things are fragile and that you can't scratch them like this. we've been using discs for games for over a decade, and still, some don't get it. you can't just leave your discs lying around like this. we're calling the blockbuster and getting this fixed and hopefully i should have a new disc by morning.:mad:
 

sushi

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Jul 19, 2002
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Yeah, I hate getting scratched DVDs.

But the worst one that I got, had peanut butter on it. I washed the disc with soap and water, then dried it off. Worked well after that.
 

iBookG4user

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Jun 27, 2006
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I know what you mean. I am very studious about keeping my CDs and DVDs in their respective cases, but when someone else uses them, I find them on the desk or above the player. It's very annoying, especially when you find that it has been scratched after they stop using it. The quality of the disk is a major reason why I buy all my games new.
 

After G

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I wish optical drives drives used caddies still ... but then we wouldn't have slot-load drives.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-ROM

Wikipedia said:
Some early CD-ROM drives used a mechanism where CDs had to be inserted into special cartridges or caddies, somewhat similar in appearance to a 3.5" floppy diskette. Although the idea behind this — a tougher plastic shell to protect the disc from damage — was sound, it did not gain wide acceptance among disc manufacturers due to the increased cost of production and the concern that the discs would not be compatible with drives that did not use caddies. One exception is the PSP (PlayStation Portable), which uses a smaller DVD-type disc inside a unopenable caddie. This was partly as a copy protection system as well as damage prevention. Unspecialised drives that used the caddy format required "bare" discs to be placed into an openable cartridge before use, negating most of the protection offered by having discs in a permanent, integrated protective cartridge, as well as making the drives less convenient to use.
 

lu0s3r322

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i signed up for netflix's two week trial recently to see if i would like it and so far the two dvd's that i received were scratched and skipped major parts. i wont be signing up for their service.
 

it5five

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May 31, 2006
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i signed up for netflix's two week trial recently to see if i would like it and so far the two dvd's that i received were scratched and skipped major parts. i wont be signing up for their service.
I've been with Netflix for about a year and a half and I have never once received a disc that was scratched. It might just be the distribution center, but it definitely isn't a company-wide problem.
 

it5five

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May 31, 2006
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I guess it just depends on the type of movies you're renting. If you rent big blockbuster movies, they will probably have more scratches since more people rent them. They're really good about exchanges though. Just tell them it's unplayable, and they send out a replacement right away if you want.
 

janey

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Dec 20, 2002
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in regards to scratched disks in general, i scratch disks easily, particularly ones I use really often. for dvds i use d-skins mostly (those thin plastic things that go on the bottom of the cd/dvd), but iirc they dont work in slot load drives...but I don't use slot load drives so :D
 

0098386

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I don't know how people scratch them. When we got our first CD's back in't day, he just told me to place them face down so not to scratch the data side and not to put anything on top of them. Easy peasy!

LoveFilms (or Screen Select as they were) had some terrible films. You're supposed to put a mark on the case if theres a problem with the DVD, but we sent off for the same film 2 weeks later and we got the same DVD back :mad:
 

ghall

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Jun 27, 2006
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Oh my god, that drives me crazy. It makes me want to strange whoever scratched it and yell at them. "Don't you [bleep]ing know how to take care of a [bleep]ing CD!!!" :)