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DVD drive noise - recommendations?
« on: March 24, 2008, 04:31:08 pm »
When using common PC as media director or core, the internal DVD drives often are quite noisy compared to a stand alone DVD player.
Are there any recommendations to keep the DVD spinning noise under control? Can it slow down spinning speed and still play allright?




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Re: DVD drive noise - recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2008, 06:12:29 pm »
You can use hdparm:

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hdparm -E 12 /dev/dvdrom
That command will set the speed of DVD driver to 12x. Note, that ndparm works with IDE drives only.
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Re: DVD drive noise - recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2008, 01:30:58 am »
DVD drives are pretty inexpensive so you might want to just replace it.  Finding a quiet drive can be a challenge (very few noise benchmarks).  Luckily most are pretty quiet at 1X DVD speed, but then really boost the dB for high speed ripping.

Interestingly my old (2+yr) Memorex dvd writer while slower can rip some disks that my newer, higher speed drives (DVD BURN PIONEER DVR-115DBK, PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-111C) can not.  All three are quiet at 1X. 

The one bad drive I've had is the Sony AD-7170S, it was too noisy at 1X playback (audible at 4m during quiet parts of movies).