DVD makes a noise playing on my PC

September 8, 2010 at 08:21:57
Specs: Windows 7
Hi there,

I have a dvd which I'd like to play on my pc, but it makes a noise as if it were spinning too fast. It plays ok, but the noise the dvd player makes is unbearable. How can I solve the problem? It only happens with 2 dvds, with all others it works fine. Could it be related to a setting?

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September 8, 2010 at 12:19:56
Do you have a peel and stick label on the disks in question? Examine the disks carefully. If the disk is cracked or the center hole has buggered up edges stop using. Your problem sounds like out of balance disks. Any of the above items can cause that.

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September 8, 2010 at 12:55:11
Hi OtheHill,

Thanks for your reply.
Nope, no peel, no stick label, no visible bugered or cracked edges in the centre hole. In fact, the 2 noisy dvds are brand new original dvds.
However, I have just noticed that the 2 dvds I have problems with happen to be DVD 5s. Would that have anything to do with it?

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September 8, 2010 at 12:59:16
What are 5s?

If both are from a new sleeve, maybe they were made wrong. Be careful with out of balance disks. They can come apart inside the drive and most likely will ruin the drive or more.

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September 8, 2010 at 13:26:27
I meant DVD 5, as suposed to DVD 9 or other formats. The weird thing is that they work fine in a normal dvd player or on another PC. Both dvds come from different shops & where bought at different moments. One is a cartoon & the other a fitness dvd.

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September 8, 2010 at 14:17:15
Then perhaps the drives are just spinning up faster because they are searching for files.

Most computer and stand alone drives are capable of playing most DVD formats. That said, perhaps your computer drive is not capable of playing those disks.

All modern computer optical drives are variable speed. So the fast speed you are hearing may be due to the drive hunting for data to read.

Instead of autostarting the disk, try viewing it from computer> open. Before even opening the disk you should see a tltle if the drive is able to read the disk.

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September 11, 2010 at 23:02:56
No joy.

As you suggested I opened the file (& then played an individual file within), it played silently for about 20', but... then the loud spinning sound started again.

I use VLC Media Player, could that be anything to do with it? I somehow cannot get it to play with other media files.

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September 12, 2010 at 06:13:58
Post the model of the optical drive in your computer.

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September 12, 2010 at 12:53:03
Just posted a reply, but not sure I clicked on the right button, so here it is again.

The optical disc drive is : Optiarc DVD RW AD-5170A ATA

Let me know if you need any other info.

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