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How do you keep the CD-Drive from making too much noise.





sunjay
Hi all,

When i play CDs on my computer, my CD drive spins furiously and then slows down. When I'm seeking for a song for example, the drive just roars. I've got no problems with the spinning, but I have got a problem with the loud noise it makes when it spins.

Anyone got any idea how to keep the spinning to a minimum for music listening?

Thanks

Cheers!
SunJay
aravind_n20
I think the drive is nearing its death. A drive start making noise when the CD is nor perfectly balancing while spinning. The Cd is suspended on the rotor nd the parts r becoming older. Only way to calm it is to get it repaired by some specialist(cervice centres). But there is nothin to worry bout that noise(acc to my xperience), the drive would work fine for even 1 year or sometimes only a month or so. It might also be due to weak pick up lens or eye. The eye is not able to retrive the data even if the motor is trying to spin at maximum speed. Better u take it to a cervice centre.

My advise:
Don't affix stickers on top of Cds.
Dont insert broken Cds(I dont mean fully broken, buy started to break from centre). It might burst in such drives nd cause severe damage nd make even the whole drive useless.
Dont insert much older Cds as the plastic is likely to break.
[ try it at ur friends Pc nd confirm that it wont break , then only try xtremeluy old CDs~"just jokin].


[Now I wonder why Im using so much paranthesis while Im typing]
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Sunny
It makes noise on all cds? or just few?

may be the cds are old and have lot of scratches, you can easily check that by looking at the back.

I'd not recommend you to repair if its just a CD rom and not a CD RW (writer) simply because cd roms are so cheap now days. Not sure about your area but here it costs around 15$ and repairing will cost some money too, so better to buy new then repair old.

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Anyone got any idea how to keep the spinning to a minimum for music listening?


If those are audio cds, then you can rip them to mp3, save it to your hard disk and play with no noise Razz
mostarac
You can keep the CD-Drive from making too much noise only if you buy brand name expensive CD-Drive Smile Twisted Evil Cool
sunjay
Hey,

Thanks for the replies.

Okay, I have 2 liton drives (DVD and CD-RW) and don't think it's nearing it's death because they both make noise when playing Audio CDs.

What happens is, I play my cds from WinAmp and for every new track it goes to, the drive spins up real fast and after say 10 seconds, it slows down for the rest of the track. When i repeat the track for example, every time it finishes, it spins up real fast again. When I'm seeking for example, the drives spins up fast.

It's not the spinning I'm concerned about, it's the sound that it makes when it spins up fast, it just doesn't go well with music listening.

What I'm asking is, is it possble to keep the spinning of the drive constant with software or something?

Thanks

SunJay
billgertz
Probabably its on the hardware side already, I believe you already used the drivers that with came it and its the most compatible software for your device.. also, you already said that both of it is dying you out.. you really need to purchase a new one instead of planning to have it repaired.
CrimsonStrange
Hey sunjay, there might be a very logical fix for it.
I've dealt with that in the past too; your CD-ROM sounds like a damn jet engine, right?

Maybe try opening up your case and making sure the screws that hold your CD-ROM drive in place are tight.

Don't tighten them until you strip them, but just make sure your drive is in there nice and snug; check the connections while you're in there, and blowing out the drive (and your whole computer, fan, etc.) with a can of air wouldn't hurt, either.
Rafe
CrimsonStrange wrote:
Hey sunjay, there might be a very logical fix for it.
I've dealt with that in the past too; your CD-ROM sounds like a damn jet engine, right?

Maybe try opening up your case and making sure the screws that hold your CD-ROM drive in place are tight.

Don't tighten them until you strip them, but just make sure your drive is in there nice and snug; check the connections while you're in there, and blowing out the drive (and your whole computer, fan, etc.) with a can of air wouldn't hurt, either.

my sentiments exactly. I had the same problem, and one day, the fan belt blew out so we had to open it up anyways, we cleaned the whole damn thing, and once the dust was gone it was very un-noisy. Also some cd rom drives are like the cd rom slots in older cd players, with some sort of light scanner and if you mess those up it could cause the thing to need to increase speed. there are ways to lower cd rom speed too, because while this sounds dumb, why do that, if you lower the speed for things like this, then the buffering may take longer, but for something like a load-once music cd that shouldnt be a problem. besides its worth it to waste a few seconds for less jet-engines. and then when u play games and such just raise speed agin.
gonzo
mostarac wrote:
You can keep the CD-Drive from making too much noise only if you buy brand name expensive CD-Drive Smile Twisted Evil Cool


plextor!!

Cool


Try this one:

http://plextor.com/english/products/716A.htm



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sunjay
Hey,

Great responses!

I've tried the whole cleaning out thing and it has helped a bit. Thou, the problem is still not completely solved.

Sorry if i seem to be presistent.

It just that, i don't want my CD-ROM to go roaring just to seek the track and then slow down. I want it to just remain steady. Okay, maybe i'm being fussy, but that little thing has annoyed me for a long time. i used to just take the CD from the drive, find my Discman and play it from there. That helped temporarily until I found myself recharging batteries all the time. (I'm a great music lover and never bothered to get an AC/DC adapter).

By the way, my drives are NOT dying out. they're excellent drives and have served me well!

Thanks to all who has tried to help.

Cheers!
SunJay
windval
really?
it is terrible i think
i suggest you to check your CD's player clearly
aravind_n20
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It just that, i don't want my CD-ROM to go roaring just to seek the track and then slow down.


The player/windows first caches the songs into memory before playing it. So the drive is running at full throttle while caching. If u dun like to rim them as MP3 then make an image of the Cd using some virtual image making apps (like alc120%, or clone CD), then use them as a normal Audio Cd. This time it caches very quickly nd no noise.

Try Sony DVD or CdRW. They r very silent even if in full throttle. All other brands(Ive ever seen) make a lil bit of noise(dun know bout Plextor, as no one here has the luxuary to buy such an xpensive product).
CrimsonStrange
First of all, here's some general reading on PC noise.

(Although I know that's not really what you're looking for, it might shed some additional light on the problem. You know your computer better than anybody else, right?)

One of the techniques the above article suggested was using rubber O-rings to quiet a noisy hard drive. What about maybe trying to find some sort of thin rubber washers to put between the actual CD-ROM case and the metal housing of your system, as a shock absorber of sorts?

But if you know for certain your noise problem isn't due to vibration, then I suppose the only thing I can suggest is to try to slow down the read speed of your CD-ROM. (like Rafe said)

Here's a good page on doing that

Best of luck, sunjay!
I hope you can find a simple solution besides shelling out unnecessary bucks to replace a drive that isn't bad.
Daniel15
A tool comes with Nero that allows you to change the speed of your CD-ROM drive. It's called Nero DriveSpeed and comes with all versions of Nero (including bundled OEM versions). If you lower the speed, your drive should make less noise.
aravind_n20
My word: @ daniel15

Nero Drive speed utility spoils ur drive. As per my xperience if u keep on tuning/adjusting the speed of ur drive using dat utility ur drive would get spoiled within a month or two. I suggest leave it to the drive itself. Ive lost bout 3 drives[ Samsung CD rom, Asus CDRW, Sony DVD Rom ] by using dat drive speed.First it shows awesome perfomance for a month.Then the problem would start with reading errors if u change the speed of the drive while reading. Many of my friends have the same xperience.

the best idea is to make image of those CDs.
Daniel15
aravind_n20 wrote:
My word: @ daniel15

Nero Drive speed utility spoils ur drive. As per my xperience if u keep on tuning/adjusting the speed of ur drive using dat utility ur drive would get spoiled within a month or two. I suggest leave it to the drive itself. Ive lost bout 3 drives[ Samsung CD rom, Asus CDRW, Sony DVD Rom ] by using dat drive speed.First it shows awesome perfomance for a month.Then the problem would start with reading errors if u change the speed of the drive while reading. Many of my friends have the same xperience.

the best idea is to make image of those CDs.


Sorry about that, I've never actually used DriveSpeed (I just knew it was there) so I didn't know it would do something like that. Thanks for telling us, I guess I'll never try it then Smile
ashok
just check the surface of the cds before inserting into the cdrom and after ejecting it out.if the surface's getting more worse, the drive's spining axis may be detoriated. if it is, it's hightime to switch to a new drive. and yeah that's true about the drive speed tool of nero. it did spoiled my samsung cd writer.
sunjay
Hey,

Wow, this is really a great community. My friend was right. I'm getting all the answers i need and more. Thanks for the washers tip. That helped slience my hard drive dramatically. And yeah, that seems a great idea - burning a copy of the CD as an image and store it on the computer.

Thanks guys, I'm learning something new every day.

Good Luck
SunJay
Natrualkiller
Maybe it could actually be that your screws are loose that connect your drive to the case rack just maybe Smile
venkateshwarans
Even I have a portable discman. It's an assembled panasonic player (wherein panasonic parts were bought at cheap rates, assembled, tested and sold under another brand name). I don't find it to be noisy. Whenever I touch the player I feel the maximum vibration (in comparison branded samsung and sony players with my friends). It got repaired twice in 2months. Can this be because of a weak lens or something like that.
picsite
If its making noises it could just be your drive itself. Another problem is that if you have a cheap case, it will prob not stop noises like that. I know because i bought a cheap case when i bought my first comp, but now i have a $300 case, with nice silent fans so there is practically NO sound. So my suggestions check the actual drive, maybe there is something loose or something wrong with it and than check your case.
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