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    Burning CDs.

    LARS If this is in the wrong category please move.
    I am having trouble burning CDs. I down load as flac then convert to wav and burn at low speed via“Ashampoo burning studio” I have been doing this for several years with no mishaps but now I am getting crackles on the burned CD (just a couple here and there) and suspect the DVD RW drive I have never cleaned or dusted it.
    The wav files stored on PC play perfectly through the computer so it points to the drive. I am tempted to put a vacuum nozzle in the region of the open tray and see if that fixes it. I run a DELL desktop andVista Home.

    Any suggestions?
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    Colin, you can get cleaning CDs, they have a sort of brush embedded in the surface. This link is to Amazon UK, but similar should be available on whichever version of Amazon you have in the antipodes.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...cl%2Caps%2C177
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    Hi Colin,

    Instead of a vacuum, I might suggest using a pressurized can of air instead. That will effectively dislodge any debris within the unit and not allow any moisture inside as well. If we just blow in there (with out mouths) we will add moisture to the interior which will be harmful down the way.

    Those spray cans usually have a long nozzle to attache which lets it get inside the unit easily.

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    Thanks Mike and Lars I have wondered about those cleaners and they are available for just a few dollars.

    A can of compressed air also sounds a good idea, my eye sight is so bad now I just dare not try to take the case of the PC.
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    At least once a year I also remove the side cover from my PC and lightly vacuum out its interior (with the system shut down first); especially the four fans inside (mainframe, power supply, video card, and back panel).
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    I checked the price of Air Cans in NZ and over $70 from specialist dealers, I am going to give the vacuum idea a try and also get a brush CD next time I am in town they are very cheap.
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    $70? Whoa ... the cans I get here are generally in electronic supply houses (stores) where computer stuff (PC's, cables etc) are sold. Here they are relatively cheap, maybe a couple dollars a can.

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    I have now found much cheaper ones from approx NZ$31 down to $13-14 if you buy 2, I do wonder why the difference could be the quality of the air??
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    I would guess the brand name verses an off brand..is the usual rule here it seems..and with my limited retirement benefit hardly can buy name brand anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wljmrbill View Post
    . . . and with my limited retirement benefit hardly can buy name brand anything.
    Same here, except for drugs on the Medicare plans where the brand names are becoming cheaper than the generics. But that is another topic.

    Still the prices in NZ seem to be awfully high for those cans. In my old organ repair days, we used a one dollar bill for cleaning key contacts - cheaper than buying liquid cleaner and q-tips.

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    These are the cheapest that I could find

    http://firesales.co.nz/Compressed%20...FReUvQod2IEATg

    I have now vacuumed all vents etc on the PC from the outside and next time in town will get one of those Disc cleaners.
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    Lots of uses for the air cans, keyboards, I even use one to clean an electric razor head, in fact anywhere too small to use a vacuum cleaner crevice nozzle.

    I buy mine from Amazon

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Duster-...compressed+air
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    Amazon won't deliver those to NZ the same with batteries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHC View Post
    Amazon won't deliver those to NZ the same with batteries.
    Is there some wort of import restrictions on certain items entering NZ, Colin?

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    More likely because Royal mail and some other mail providers will not accept certain items they class as hazardous, includes things like spray cans, batteries, some paints; nanny strikes again.
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