If your CD or DVD player has become sluggish or is skipping, you may need to clean the lens. Here’s how. You will need a Phillip's Head Screwdriver.
Nowadays, a lot of desktop computer optical disc drives come equipped with a small pinhole emergency eject option, to help open a stuck CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive. This is a handy little option for getting CDs and DVDs out quickly, without shutting down your PC. All you need is a ...more
PowerBook Medic is the ultimate resource for Mac computers and electronics repair. They have helpful tutorials on most Apple products including the MacBook, MacBook Pro, PowerBook, iBook, iPhone, iPod, and more, covering topics from disassemblies, to RAM upgrades, to replaceme ...more
Here's something everyone needs to know: how to copy a data disk (CD, DVD) using disk utility on OS X when you only have one optical drive. You will need to create a temporary disk image on your hard drive. Then use that disk image to create physical copies of your disc.
If your discs are getting jammed in your optical drive, or if your CDs and DVDs simply aren't playing in your Power Mac, it might be time to replace that old SuperDrive. See how to remove the SuperDrive optical drive from the Power Mac desktop computer. PowerBook Medic is the ...more
Learn how to copy and back up your optical meda with this tutorial. With the right software, it's easier than you might think! So easy, in fact, that this free video guide can offer a complete walkthrough of the burning process in just under five minutes' time. For detailed in ...more
Looking better (but equally free) way to burn DVDs from within Apple's Mac OS X? See how to use Burn, the open-source optical media authoring tool, acheive just that with this home-computing how-to. For details, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started burning y ...more
Want to burn an ISO disc image to a CD, DVD or some other optical medium? It's easy. So easy, in fact, that this free video tutorial from the folks at CNET TV can present a complete overview of the process in just under a minute and a half. For specifics, and to get started bu ...more
A spectrometer is an optical instrument used to measure properties of light over a specific portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. This video will show you how to make a spectrometer out of a cereal box and a compact disc. This spectroscope is sure to amaze your kids for a n ...more
Have a Playstation game, or any other disc, that just won't play? In this how-to video, you'll learn how to repair damaged and scratched optical media (e.g., DVDs & CDs) using sandpaper and rubbing compound. Check it out.
In this Linux tutorial, you'll learn how to write data to, and retrieve data from, optical discs like CD-ROMs and DVDs as well as how to write .iso disk image files. Get started burning your own media under the Linux Mint desktop distrubtion with this how-to.
First make sure that you have a boot able disc and insert it to your optical drive. Shut down your PC And start it up again making sure to press the special key to enter the setup dialog. Go to the boot sequence and select the CD ROM as the first bot device as shown. Save the ...more
Have some files you don’t want anyone to see? Or maybe it’s just been a while since you’ve emptied your trash bin. The trash bin function is not a permanent delete but you can erase files off your Mac with this tutorial. As of OS 10.3, Macs have had the "Secure Empty Trash" o ...more
For some of you out there, today may be a looooong Friday. But have no fear, if you've yet to furtively accomplish shaving off a few extra minutes from the office clock, there is an alternative for getting through the day: computer pharmaceuticals. Relax, moms, we're not talki ...more
You know how annoyed you get when you put a quarter into the vending or washing machine and it gets stuck? There's a quiet rage that boils inside you. Now, imagine that quarter is a sixty dollar video game, and it's stuck inside your brand new, four hundred dollar PlayStation ...more
The '90s were a great decade to be alive. Before the internet became a high-availability service, we were untethered from the bombardment of media present in today's culture. Children ran through the streets with levels of physical exertion beyond what's required to capture fi ...more
Apple caught a lot of flak for removing the headphone jack in their iPhone 7 models, but they definitely got the last laugh when preorders with a delivery date of September 16 sold out within minutes. Headphone jack or not, the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are still highly desirable pr ...more