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Offline DeliriumTopic starter

Dead game disc...
« on: February 16, 2012, 08:48:37 PM »
I recently spilled a bottle of floor cleaner on my copy of Okami for PS2 (Oh for the love of peaches, please stop laughing at me.  No, I am not upgrading to a PS3, and I am too poor to get a Wii ... at least for now, maybe).  I tried rinsing it off, but no matter what I do, the disc won't read. 

I love that game to bits, so I'm a little heartbroken.  Any suggestions to save it, or should I just cough up the $16 to get a new one on Amazon, or if I'm lucky, at the Exchange?

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Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2012, 08:51:44 PM »
Try contacting the place where you bought it or the distributor.  If you still have the package and the receipt it would help.  They may replace it for you.  It's worth a shot.

Offline DeliriumTopic starter

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 09:00:06 PM »
Unfortunately, I got the game used, so I'd be impressed if they offered to replace it.  More likely give me a tiny bit of store credit.

Offline Mister Grimm

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 09:07:52 PM »
Oof. That's a bummer. D;
-mourns the loss of an good game-


But it's okay. I'd die if I lost any of my old games. To get them new (or even used) I'd have to pay upwards of $70+. All of which are for consoles older than PS2 lol. I know there are ROMs you can get, but I prefers physically owning games.

My suggestion is that, if you love the game, shelling out the money to replace it is worth it.

Offline Kuje

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2012, 09:20:57 PM »
Not sure how to fix it but if you're looking for a new copy and can't find one locally. Amazon has it still for 20 bucks new. :)

Offline Brandon

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012, 09:23:15 PM »
I dont blame you for not getting a PS3 considering most of them arent backwards compatible. I still have a PS2 as well and play several games on it to this day.

Anyway, you could get the CD resurfaced too, unfortunately I cant recommend any big business that does something like that. Its mostly a specialty service but some place like best buy might be able to point you in the right direction.

Before you go that route I would contact the developer and publisher, let them know that you bought the disk but it wont play anymore (they dont need to know it was a used purchase). Some companies like Blizzard will replace the disks for a small fee (I had my diablo disk replaced last year for $10 but only because I had an active CD key). Some companies may do it for free and others might charge you full price. Its worth a shot though

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Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2012, 12:31:25 PM »
What effect did the floor cleaner have on the disk itself?  I know that surface irregularities can sometimes be taken out by buffing (If you have a friend with a Dremel, there are instructions for making a buffer pad here.)  It might work, and cotton batting is cheaper than a new disk if you already have access to the rotary tool.

Offline Hemingway

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2012, 01:45:03 PM »
I've never had any need to try it myself, but I know GameStop, at least here, will try to fix scratched or broken discs for a relatively small fee.

Offline DudelRok

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012, 12:41:48 PM »
What effect did the floor cleaner have on the disk itself?  I know that surface irregularities can sometimes be taken out by buffing (If you have a friend with a Dremel, there are instructions for making a buffer pad here.)  It might work, and cotton batting is cheaper than a new disk if you already have access to the rotary tool.

In a lot of instances, a type of floor cleaner is used as the buffer. Er... the chemical for buffering? O.o What's the word-usage, here?

I've never had any need to try it myself, but I know GameStop, at least here, will try to fix scratched or broken discs for a relatively small fee.

It's actually a better deal to find a place online.

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Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2012, 12:46:03 PM »
In a lot of instances, a type of floor cleaner is used as the buffer. Er... the chemical for buffering? O.o What's the word-usage, here?

Yes, but what happens if you don't do the actual buffing?  Like, if I pour car-wax on a car and walk away, it's not going to look shiny and new, like if I did the Mr. Myagi thing, right?

Offline DeliriumTopic starter

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2012, 01:54:56 PM »
Well, I tried to make lemons from lemonade and wipe the cleaner so it made just a kind of thin finish on the disc, but when I put it in the Playstation, it freaked out and wouldn't read (no, it's not the console... other games worked just fine).

When I tried to wash it off, it left these odd streaks up and down the reflective side.  Even after some more washing (very carefully), the disc still wouldn't read.

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Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #11 on: February 19, 2012, 02:47:50 PM »
It's the streaks on the reflective side that are probably the issue.  The way that the disc reader works is to bounce a laser light off of the metallic foil inside the game disc - it's the foil that contains the data, the plastic part of the disc protects it from damage.  If the light can't get to the foil clearly, then it can't properly interpret the data.

Offline Acid

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #12 on: February 19, 2012, 02:51:15 PM »
Supposedly peanut butter/diet soda makes DVD discs work again. There's a couple of tutorials on youtube.

Offline DeliriumTopic starter

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #13 on: February 19, 2012, 02:57:20 PM »
Eh... don't believe everything you see on Youtube :/

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Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #14 on: February 19, 2012, 02:58:41 PM »
*agrees with Delerium*  I'd be more likely to try the toothpaste method myself, anyways.  At least that's a cleaning supply.  :P  Basically, it works on the principle of using a very, very mild abrasive to polish the disc.

Offline Acid

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #15 on: February 19, 2012, 03:00:38 PM »
You shouldn't, but there's many people that have tried that method to revive old discs, with varying degrees of success. If it worked for others, it may work for you.

Offline DudelRok

Re: Dead game disc...
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2012, 03:07:51 PM »
I'd still suggest sending it to someone who knows what they are doing. It's a better deal if you send a few in, and I'm sure some of your other disks could do with a polish as well. I wish I could offer up some specific suggestions, but I lack personal experience with anything but a single company... and that was some years ago for some Gamecube disks, CDs and DVDs.