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bhurley
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Loud optical drive on ThinkCentre A61e

My A61e itself is fairly quiet (though a lot louder than my ThinkPads), but the optical drive sounds like a chainsaw -- is this normal? It's loud enough that you can hear it anywhere in the house (well, maybe not in the basement) when I'm installing software from CDs.
RealBlackStuff
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Re: Loud optical drive on ThinkCentre A61e

Methinks a trip to CircuitCity or the likes would solve the problem.
Some drives are louder than others, but you should not have to cope with an internal jet fighter!
sam13484
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Re: Loud optical drive on ThinkCentre A61e

Are you able to control the speed of your optical drive? Try a lower speed, and see if that reduces the noise.


Message Edited by sam13484 on 02-13-2008 11:40 AM
bhurley
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Re: Loud optical drive on ThinkCentre A61e

I dunno if I can control the speed, but it is definitely quieter when not running at full speed. I played a DVD on it once and it was relatively quiet; it seems to be noisiest when installing software from CDs or DVDs, which I don't do very often so it's not a big issue. I just have to remember to never install software when someone in the house is sleeping; I installed a couple of new programs early this morning and the drive woke up my teenage stepdaughter in her bedroom.
sam13484
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Re: Loud optical drive on ThinkCentre A61e

Here's an interesting little program that let's you control your "read" speed. It apparently works on most modern drives:
 
 
There's seems to be some confusion on the page as to whether it works for DVDs, but you could always play around with it, and report back any results. Good luck.
 
 
jasonhockeyguy
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Re: Loud optical drive on ThinkCentre A61e

Your mileage will vary depending on the type of silkscreening that is done on each disc.
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