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Loud CD drive

by Paul / October 27, 2003 2:36 AM PST

Hello all,

I've had my Dell Dimension 8300 for about 3 months now. The CD drive has always been fairly loud in that it seems to have a loud fan-type wooshing air noise. But recently, it has become louder, and there is a new type of noise.

The sound is most pronounced when a cd is getting spooled up or slowing down. It sounds like something is vibrating at a very high speed and when it slows down, it becomes more bassy. When a cd is spinning at it's normal speed, the bass noise is still there, but less pronounced.

I recently opened up my computer a few times to install a stick of RAM and I'm wondering if somehow I knocked a component loose or something.

I realize this is really just a nuisance and nothing is technically wrong with my cd drive, but has anyone else encountered this problem?



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Re:Loud CD drive
by Michael Geist / October 27, 2003 2:41 AM PST
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With the lowering of PC pricing by the big makers, comes a lowering of component quality. On a 3 month old machine I would make it Dells' problem. It will only get worse.

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loud cd drive noise
by JohnC613 / June 18, 2007 12:04 PM PDT
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I too experience crazy loud cd drive noise. I have a compaq prescario laptop, but I don't know the speed of the cd drive (how do I find out).
I have realized that one end of my cd drive is ever so slightly drooping, and when I use my finger to prop up that end half a mm, the sound disappears.
I will try Nero to slow down my cd drive. It starts spinning fast when I try to open a pdf file, which seems unnecessary to me.

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Common source
by Willy / June 18, 2007 1:05 PM PDT
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Dell relies on plastic inserts for drive mounting. Why not check that they are snug and not loose or too tight. If it appears OK, then jam some foam or similar to help quell the noise, as it maybe "vibrating" against the metal area(plastic insert area), provided it is the source of the noise. Some drives are slightly more noisy than others as they ramp-up to speed and simply make the vibration throughout the system case. Just follow your ear, etc. and find the noise. if you think the drive itself is faulty, use the warranty to let Dell fix it.

tada -----Willy Happy

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