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June 30, 2010 12:29:27 AM

So I just bought the Toshiba Satellite A665-S6050 (on sale for $599 :p ) and have problems with the cd drive making a lot of noise. I don't know what to say about this but to record some of the noise. Geek Squad from best buy says it's normal for the cd drive to make noise, but after comparing it to my desktop, I disagree.

I tested the cd drive using a 326 mb cd and using Opti Drive Control

[Uploading sounds]

PC Sound :


Laptop Sound :

Note : The constant humming is from the power supply, not the cd drive, but the clicking around 2:50 is the cd. The constant sound and click/beep noise from the laptop is from the cd drive

I don't know if this is any good but here are the test results for the cd drives both at 16x


So what I want to ask to you guys is does your cd drive sound like my laptop?
Is it supposed to sound like that?
Is it "normal?"

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June 30, 2010 1:31:05 AM

I am sorry i can't hear the files on this PC, but if you are comparing desktop hardware with laptop hardware you are completely off. It is like comparing oranges with apples... the only thing common is.. they are round.

Even on the same laptop, different brands can have completely different behavior in speed and noise.

Did you also try different discs? CDs, DVDs, etc.

I am not saying it is not faulty or problematic, BUT laptop CD rom drives tend to be a little noisier than their desktop counterparts, so give it a chance before you declare it faulty.
June 30, 2010 4:46:37 AM

iEdwin said:
Yea I can't hear it without the loudness equalization turned on.. maybe try that

Well here's another question.. does the [laptop] cd drive make clicking noises??

And I tried different CDs too

Yes they do make clicking and mechanical noises. That is the head assembly and the servo doing their work. The same thing happens in the desktop, but the desktop assembly is enclosed and therefore the sound is muffled and you can't hear it.

Not all of them will make out such sounds eg. the laptop i am using right now to write this, does exactly that. It makes click noises while the head is moving back and forth looking for the data on the CD/DVD (does it on both). But i have seen laptops that don't produce any sound at all, or even being noisy on CDs but not DVDs.

If you are really worried about it, visit some friends who own a laptop and see what happens with their CD drives. You can also visit a computer shop and ask the assistant to demonstrate a couple of laptops to you. Have a CD-ROM with you and ask them to put it in for you and see if they make any noise.

Unless you encounter any reading/writing problems, i wouldn't worry about it.