Can I safely disassemble my CD player, or will it blind me?
August 4, 2009 12:31 PM Subscribe
Can I safely disassemble my carousel-style CD player, or will the laser [blind me/ fry me/ cross the streams and produce total protonic reversal]?
posted by Elsa to technology (9 answers total)
My five-disc carousel-drawer CD player stopped working, perhaps due to a disc sliding out of place and blocking the drawer. The drawer won't shut all the way, and my gentle efforts to retrieve the disc have failed. (I've seen this previous question
about retrieving jammed CDs, and nothing has worked.)
If this were a VCR or other device without a laser, I wouldn't hesitate to take it apart and remove the disc or otherwise gently monkey around inside it, in hopes of salvaging either the disc or the player or both. However, I've seen some warnings about the dangers of lasers and particularly the dangers of "residual power" in CD and DVD players. Is this fact or myth?
Is it safe for me to unscrew the bottom panel of my CD player (unplugged for an hour now) and take it apart?