Lots of vibration in DVD drive

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by crh3ff, May 20, 2010.

  1. crh3ff macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    Does anyone experience a LOT of very noisy vibration when using the CD/DVD drive? I'm running a presentation off of it, and every time it spools up to read more info, it's got a lot of extremely loud vibration. Using this support article, I notice a HUGE difference:

  2. MacNut macrumors Core


    Jan 4, 2002
    If the disk has to really spin up it will make noise, but all drives will.
  3. mingoglia macrumors 6502

    Dec 10, 2009
    Unfortunately the only real option would be to have it on your HD or run it off a flash drive. Personally I find flash drives a lot more convenient these days especially since they can be had for the price of lunch at McDonald's these days.

    The faster the CDROM, the more potential for noise and vibration there is. Not sure if you saw the Mythbuster's episode about the exploding CDROM but they tend to vibrate, particularly if they have a label or something that may make them slightly off balance. Slightly off balance and 50 speed can certainly cause vibration. :)

  4. crh3ff thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    hm. I've just never had a drive that has so much vibratory noise, when the computer is still on a flat surface. I'll try to record it and post a file if I can...
  5. crh3ff thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    here you go. microphone right next to drive, but this is basically what I hear sitting at the keyboard working

    Attached Files:

  6. crh3ff thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    thinking I might run to the Apple store and let them listen to it and see what they think...
  7. Two macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    I have the same problem with my Mac Pro. I don't believe its normal.
    I think that it's not properly mounted. I haven't opened the case and
    looked at it yet because I don't use the drive much ;)

    Let me know how you do getting yours looked at.
  8. crh3ff thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    yeah, it's not something I use very often either, and you're right, it does sound like a mounting issue. I'll let you know...I'm going to try for Monday afternoon at the Apple Store.
  9. Neo-Tech macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    I have the EXACT same problem. Let me know your findings.
  10. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Mine does that too when I run game DVDs. I think its pretty normal.
  11. crh3ff thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    At the apple store, the guy said "yeah that's a bit much" and ordered a new drive. Once, installed, I will try to remember to get back on and update
  12. piwi macrumors regular

    Dec 24, 2006
    I might visit them too then... My drive started doing that noise as well. I bought my MBP last September. I don't know if it's a new issue or if it was like since the beginning because, believe it or not, I never used the SD before!
  13. Neo-Tech macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    In the words of James May "Oh cock!" :(

    That means sending mine off, and having no MBP for a week, I can't have that right now.
  14. crh3ff thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    FIXED. So replacing the drive (or remounting, or whatever they did) ended up solving the problem. Still vibrates when initially loading up, but now it's just a sensation of vibration (yeah baby....) without the low pitched, loud buzzing that it was before. IE, it was definitely a mechanical issue...something in the drive (or the drive itself) wasn't seated correctly and was rattling the whole computer instead of just isolating itself.

    And for those who might get it done at the Apple Store, I dropped it off in the morning, they told me "it'll be done sometime tomorrow" and it got done by the same afternoon.
  15. Neo-Tech macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Good to hear you got it fixed. I'll have to drop mine sometime soon :(
    If only I read your post earlier, I went to the Apple Store a few days back :p Mind you, I don't think I would have got it fixed the same day, because of all the iPad craze.
    Btw, did you set up an appointment at the Genius Bar prior for leaving the Apple Store? Or did you just walk straight in?
  16. crh3ff thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    I had a genius bar appointment initially for a Monday, but on Friday my ipad came in. While i was there, i asked about the computer (i was coming from work and it was in my bag), and they went ahead and looked at it then. They had to order the drive, so i had to go back to drop it off, then back again to
    pick it up.
  17. Neo-Tech macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    Ah right. I think I'll have to do the same. Only problem is I can't do it right now :( Exams.
  18. Two macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Thanks for the update. I hope it's not a drive issue because
    I'm out of warranty as I bought it last september. Looks like
    I'll be popping open the case on the Mac Pro to see if its
    something simple. I'll update with my findings.

    Again, thanks for letting us all know how it turned out.
  19. Two macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
    Well, I think I may have found what was causing all the noise with my
    superdrive. I pulled the cover on the MacPro then, pulled out the 'cage'
    that holds the drive(s). (This thing is a joy to work on). The drive has
    a 'bezel' (some might call a trim piece) on the front. In the old days, this
    part would be seen as the front of the drive on PC's in years past. The
    bezel snaps onto the housing of the drive itself. My bezel has some
    play in it and when the drive spins up and vibrates, that play was allowing
    the bezel to vibrate and produce that annoying noise.

    I had the choice of removing the bezel permanently or 'shimming' the
    bezel to remove the play. As the bezel seems to provide some protection
    (however minimal) from dust, I chose to shim the bezel.

    For now, using the drive is a very pleasant experience after listening
    to that racket for so long :)

    I also have a MacBook Pro and its never made the kind of noise my Mac Pro used to.
  20. mr.fancypants macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2006
    Glad to see this thread —my Mac Pro sounded exactly like the mp3 posted above. Going off of Two's advice, I opened up my Pro while a CD was playing and was able to hold the housing around the drive in such a way as to eliminate the buzz.

    Looks like the housing is slightly loose and was vibrating against the plate just below it.

    Seems like this could be caused by just jostling your computer the wrong way (moving it across the room, etc.), or even playing a lot of discs. Or just the manufacturer not tightening screws enough.

    I inserted a small piece of tissue paper, doubled over a few times, in the narrow gap between the housing and the plate. Voila. I can hear music and not buzz again!
  21. Two macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2010
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