So to free up the space, I’ve had a little project going to digitise it all and burn it onto indexed DVDs that we can watch on the telly. It’s been quite a long job and was going fine until this morning when the DVD drive on my MacBook Pro refused to burn any more disks, banging up an error message “Medium Error 0 x 73 0 x 03” so off I go on the interwebby thing to find out what the fuck to do about it.
Apparently, this is do with a dirty lens on the DVD burner and you just need to clean it. Not having a CD disc cleaner at hand, I tried another simple technique.
1. I squirted a liberal amount of Fairy Liquid into the CD insertion opening.
2. After gently rocking my MacBookPro back and forth I then blew a mouthful of fizzy bottled water through the CD slot using a straw.
3. Next I wrapped a bread knife with some toilet paper and jiggled the blade & toilet paper into the slot to soak up the water/detergent.
4. To finish off I used a hairdryer to blow hot air into the laptop and a long piece of wire to hook out the last bits of toilet paper.
Unfortunately I am not sure if it has resolved the problem or not, as the laptop has decided not to start up again. So much for Apple’s famous reliability…