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    HP Pavilion Desktop DVD/CD Player Making Loud Noises with DVD inserted

    All of a sudden, the DVD/CD player on our HP Pavilion desktop (running Windows 7.1) has started making very strange, loud, sort of buzzing noises when trying to play a disc. With some discs, the noise stops once the program plays; with others, the disc will not load the program. It just keeps making that loud sound as it spins (I suspect it's spinning anyway!). The discs load fine - and quietly - in the laptop.

    Does this mean the player is dying or in need of repair? Is there a way I can test it to find out? Don't want to wreck anything!

    Any suggestions most welcome and always appreciated.

    Linda

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    Does this mean the player is dying or in need of repair?
    In my opinion, Yes. If under warranty contact HP. If not, replace it. They are not very expensive these days anyhow.
    Hope this helps.

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    +1 for replacement.

    cheers, Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by IreneLinda View Post
    DVD/CD player ... making very strange, loud, sort of buzzing noises
    Don anti-static and hazmat gear, and check inside your PC for a bees' nest.

    Moving right along. It's likely a bearing is going bad in the drive, or sth else which results in the spin going a little off balance--with the speed those drives spin at, it only needs a tiny off-center variation to imitate bees. While it shouldn't damage discs or anything else, it'll drive you nuts after a while.

    Does your PC sit on a surface which is subject to vibration, like a table with a room fan or small fridge on it? It's unlikely, but that could cause those symptoms too, especially if anything new was introduced to the room when the problem started.

    Also no harm to open the case and have a quick look at how the drive is mounted. Are the brackets and screws tight? Maybe someone opened it recently and forgot to tighten up properly.

    With all that, as the guys said, they're cheap to replace.
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    Buzzing noises generally indicate multiple attempts to read a track so the heads buzz back and forth over a few tracks. This is either due to a bad CD or a failing drive.

    cheers, Paul

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