Loud iBook G4 optical drive

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by TangyToad, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. TangyToad macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2003
    My iBook G4's combo drive is loud. Really loud. It's kind of making me worried... Is this a common problem? I know portable optical drives can be loud, but this seems like too much.
  2. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
  3. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2003
    The exurbs, MN
    Does it sound like it's going to lift off and fly away? My iBook's optical drive sounds like a jet starting up and then skipping across water, and always has. Still works after 2.5 years though.
  4. huntsman macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2003
    My iBook G4's drive has a noisy loading mechanism, and is about as loud as a typical desktop CD-ROM drive when spinning at full speed. For a laptop, it's a bit ridiculous.

    One annoying thing is that it spins much faster than it needs to when playing back audio CDs. DVDs aren't so bad though.

    There are programs for controlling CD speed for Windows and GNU/Linux. Any equivalents in Mac land? IMO, there should be a system preference for optical drive performance that would keep both the noise-averse and speed freaks happy.
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    Mine doesn't seem any louder than any other CD/DVD drive I've heard.
  6. wolverine macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2003
    Mine loads disks pretty loud, but apart from that it's fine :)


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