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How to Fix a Scratched PS1 Game?

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Hi has anyone ever had their PS1 games no longer able to play due to scratches on the disks playing surface?
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,I have 2 games now that will no longer play they still load up to title,screen but once you start a game it gets stuck in loading phase and,will not play after that. The 2 games are Clock Tower 1 and Gran,Tursimo 2 Arcade Mode disk...... 
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,I read somewhere you can rub on toothpaste or pledge but this never,worked for me, maybe it was my technique. I also saw EB Games sells,motorized disk repair kits and am wondering if anyone has ever used one,to repair a damaged PS1 disk. I'm thinking of buying one but am leary,if these actually work. The scratches don't appear to be very deep but,I could be wrong.
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,Any advise would be great.............
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Re: How to Fix a Scratched PS1 Game?

Apr 12, 2006
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I've had some luck fixing scratched games by using Brasso Liquid Metal Polish...

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Fixing Scratched CDs

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A simple and safe-to-do-at-home repair for scratched and scuffed CDs,

When CDs first came out, there was a remarkable amount of sales hype about how indestructible they were. Those of us who work in radio stations soon found out! CDs are easily rendered unplayable by a small scuff or scratch to the playing surface. Fortunately, these minor abrasions can be easily fixed.

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I'm making the distinction between scuffs and scratches because they interfere with the laser tracking and reading mechanism in two different ways:

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  • a scuff mark renders the surface of the polycarbonate milky, rather than clear. This diffuses the laser beam, making it impossible for the tracking mechanism to locate and focus on the pits which carry the sound and tracking information.
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  • a scratch which runs at an angle to the track usually poses no problem for the tracking mechanism. Indeed a well adjusted CD player should be able to track a disk on which a 1mm strip of black tape has been stuck - providing it is stuck on radially. But if a scratch is approximately tangential or circumferential, it can obscure the track below for enough time that the tracking or error correction cannot cope.
Both scratches and scuffs can be removed by the same method - by polishing them out using Brasso. Engineers have been using Brasso as a polish for plastics ever since it was released as a polish for brass. ,

Use the Brasso in the normal way. A drop or two is usually sufficient (one tin will last you a lifetime of great listening!). Use a soft clean cloth to rub the affected area with the Brasso until the mark is almost gone. Polish scuff marks radially. Scratches are best handled by rubbing along the direction of the scratch. With a scratch it usually is not necessary to polish it completely away - just clean it up enough for the laser to be able to see through it.

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Finish up by letting the Brasso dry on the surface, then use a fresh soft cloth to rub it off. Just for good form's sake, do this last stage radially. Remember radial scratches won't generally interfere with the tracking mechanism.

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When trying to work out which scratch is to blame for a mistracking, keep in mind that ones at an angle to the direction of rotation are not likely to cause problems. Also keep in mind that a CD plays from the inside out, so that a problem on an early track is more likely to be near the centre than the edge.

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So far I have not found a scratched or scuffed CD I cannot fix using Brasso. I hope it works for you too!

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Apr 12, 2006
Thanks zeker I'll give Brasso a try, a bottle of this stuff is probably,alot cheaper than spending $20 on a disk repair kit that may not even,work................
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Nucleotide wrote:
Thanks zeker I'll give Brasso a try, a bottle of this stuff is probably,alot cheaper than spending $20 on a disk repair kit that may not even,work................
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they dont, i speak from experiance.
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,not from actually buying IT and trying it, but a friend tried it on one of my FF8 PC disks and uhh... it never ran again.
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,at least with the scuffs it occasionally gave me a load of amazing items if i started a game (hunger pots, cards, ect)
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,after that it never even gave me those little "extras" shall we call them.
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,also, ive bought enough games used to see when somone used the disk cleaners.
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,i brought many home.
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,none of the ones i bought worked, and i had to go back to the damn mall.
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,after that you can basically make the call if a used game is worth,buying or not, you will be able to tell between scuffs, scratches,,drops, bite marks (ive found those occasionally, human... not dog or,cat) or just plain dust,
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,if you plan on buying used games that last one is the easiest to clean,,just take a wet cloth and clean from the inside circle out, dont go,around the easy way and wipe in a circle.
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If their tips don't work, put the disc in a microwave.  Everyone knows that by putting a disc in a microwave, the scratches in the disc are removed.
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If their tips don't,work, put the disc in a microwave.  Everyone knows that by putting,a disc in a microwave, the scratches in the disc are removed.

Hey you forgot to mention for how long...............
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,I'll try 5 minutes and see what happens.........................
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If their tips don't work, put the disc in a microwave.  Everyone knows that by putting a disc in a microwave, the scratches in the disc are removed.
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Hey you forgot to mention for how long...............

I'll try 5 minutes and see what happens.........................


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Actualy, your supposed to leave it in for 10 minutes. 
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Apr 13, 2006


pawn75 wrote:





Nucleotide wrote:





pawn75 wrote:

If their tips don't work, put the disc in a microwave.  Everyone knows that by putting a disc in a microwave, the scratches in the disc are removed.



Hey you forgot to mention for how long...............

I'll try 5 minutes and see what happens.........................








Actualy, your supposed to leave it in for 10 minutes. 


Ummm... Do you turn on the microwave? Wouldn't it catch on fire?
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Nucleotide wrote:


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pawn75 wrote:

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If their tips don't work, put the disc in a microwave.  Everyone knows that by putting a disc in a microwave, the scratches in the disc are removed.

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Hey you forgot to mention for how long...............

I'll try 5 minutes and see what happens.........................



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Actualy, your supposed to leave it in for 10 minutes. 
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Ummm... Do you turn on the microwave? Wouldn't it catch on fire?
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You would think so, but no.  Nothing dangerous happens.  You just get a fully repaired disc.  Trust me, it works.  I am in the GAP, after all.  If you can't trust a GAP member, who can you trust?
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Apr 13, 2006


Ummm... Do you turn on the microwave? Wouldn't it catch on fire?


,No it just shrinks and melts into a puddle of goo..........
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,Lokks pretty cool as it's happening...............
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