Optical drive startup noise

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by silverblack, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. silverblack macrumors 68030

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    I downgraded from a MB Air to the new glassbook a couple days ago because of the larger HDD and larger RAM capacity. I've been very happy with the new macbook in general, but guess what's the first thing I missed from my MBA? Not the lighter weight, but the quiet startup (free from the annoying superdrive noise - that mechanical grinding noise it makes checking the superdrive everytime it starts up or wakes up from standby).

    I know it's normal, but WHY? WHY DO APPLES THINKS IT IMPORTANT TO CHECK THE OPTICAL DRIVE THIS OFTEN !? May be just when it starts up, but not waking up too!

    I am the only here that find it annoying and absolutely unnecessary?

    (BTW, the start up "Bong" is annoying too, but at least I can turn it off)
     
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    This has nothing to do with Apple. It's simply a noise that the drive makes when it's turned on (ie. when it receives power).
     
  3. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

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    OF course it has something to do with Apple. They spec'd the hardware and wrote the software.

    It annoys the hell out of me as well. I have SSD and my machine is completely silent except for grinding the optical drive whenever it comes out of sleep. My Sony Vaio had an option to disable the optical drive check.
     
  4. dominordelingua macrumors member

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    How do you turn that off? That IS really annoying.
     
  5. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    To do it just once, hold down the mute key when you turn the computer on.

    To shut it up completely, see this.
     
  6. Warranty Voider macrumors 6502

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    Just turn the volume down or mute the volume before you restart.
     
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    Interesting. I wonder how they did that.
     
  8. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    If the optical drive receiving power is so annoying you can always just remove the optical drive. Personally I would find this more annoying.

    Really it is a second, and is not deafening, I would think there would be other things that would be more concerning.
     
  9. eye.surgeon macrumors 6502

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    There are other things that are more concerning but since it's the subject of this thread that's what we are discussing.
     
  10. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    The noise is quieter but much longer if you just leave a disc in there.
     
  11. idavid84 macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone else also notice that the optical drive is also noisier when watching a dvd than the older macbook. Not insanely loud; just a louder "hsssssssssssss" from the disc turning i guess.
     

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