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From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
> Jerome Hartke wrote:
> > Simple fingerprints should never interfere with playback unless the read
> > drive is of very poor quality. The real risk of fingerprints is in the
> > from the body. Those of each person are distinct, and some can degrade
> > over an extended period of time.
> I rarely disagree with an expert such as Jerry, but it is necessary to
> note that a poorly written disc can be made unreadable by fingerprints,
> scratches and smudges which would be handled readily on a well-written
> If the problem is on a CD-DA, Exact Audio Copy and a very good reader
> may recover (slowly) a disc unreadable in other drives with other readers.
The problem is that CD's (I've never used DVD's) can be rendered unplayable
by damage invisible to the human eye! This is also true (but to a lesser
extent) of microgroove analog records. OTOH, if I have a 78 which skips
or sticks, I can usually identify (and often correct) the problem...
Steven C. Barr