How to clean a Macbook's DVD drive
January 15, 2011 11:56 AM Subscribe
How do you clean a slot-loading DVD drive on a Macbook?
posted by bookwibble to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, lately I've been having problems with my DVD player on my Macbook. While sometimes it will play, there will be occasions where I'll put a disc in, and I'll hear the whirring and everything, but nothing will happen and the computer ejects it. I am perfectly aware that this could be a hardware issue, but because the AppleCare on my computer ran out in August and also because I am unemployed and low on cash, I want to try all possible avenues before bringing it in for someone to look at.
Since I purchased the computer in mid-2007, I've never taken a DVD cleaner to it--with the fact that it's slot-loading, I didn't want to risk any damage, and so wasn't sure how to go about it. I also watch DVDs on this computer fairly frequently. But lately, I've been thinking that a cleaning maybe is not such a bad idea. Thing is, I'm still not sure how--I went to the Apple Store to see if they had anything, and a staff member (not a Genius) told me that a store like Best Buy would have them. But when I went online to look for specific suggestions, I got all sorts of mixed advice--some said not to use the kind with the tiny brushes because they could dislodge the lens, while others said they were fine. Some suggested using canned air, but I'm not sure how to position it, and I don't want to risk any damage.
So I'm completely at a loss. Any suggestions for cleaners? Would one with the tiny brushes be safe on a mid-2007 MB? Where would I buy them? (Bonus points if I can buy them in NYC tomorrow.)
Thanks so much in advance.