Does your dvd drive randomly make noise/try to run when empty?

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  1. turtlefoodasaurus

    turtlefoodasaurus Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just got an hp paviliion g4 with the new amd llano chip and of course i'm noticing little things that annoy me because that's what i do. Currently the " why is this doing this?" category belongs to my dvd drive, which seems to randomly make noise like it's trying to play a disc even though it's empty, firmly closed, and i'm not accessing a program that would require use of the dvd drive as far as i know. Any idea why this happens? Do your hp pavilions do this too where it just randomly tries to check for a disc?

    I reinstalled the drivers too. I have about seven days left to decide if it's worth returning this over.


    editing into my first post:

    My critical battery level is at 9% and i can't seem to be able to change it, everytime i try it immediately reverts back to 9%. HP support said it has to be 9% because it needs that much power level in order to save data/stand by, but that seems really high. In a different thread for a different hp laptop, someone was able to change the % by plugging it into an outlet, but i tried that and it still wouldn't lower. Can you guys change yours? Is there an easy workaround? I'd like to get it down to 5% just to have more usable battery life.
     
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    Yes (dv7teq, 60xx series), but I don't think it is RANDOM. I don't think optical drives know whether they have media... they just attempt to load (spinup and fail). There is nothing unusual or wrong.
     
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    Do you know why they do this though? I'm pretty curious, my old dell inspiron never does this and the thinkpad edge e520 didn't either, is it an hp pavilion thing? I know drives spin to check for media after you shut it even if you didn't insert a disc, but i've never seen a laptop before that checked for media when you weren't trying to access anything media related. For instance, it spun when i was moving around power plans and then again when i was browsing neogaf.
     
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    My new dv6z is doing this too. Nice to know it is not a defect. However, it's not great either. I'm with turtle on this one: never in my experience have I used a laptop where the disc drive makes noises when it's empty.
     
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    Was your old computer on Win7? ... I believe(/assume) it may have to do with Intel Rapid Storage Software (but don't quote me however :D ). On my old XP, it only seems to happen at startup (as I have it listed as the first boot device)
     
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    my old old laptop that is now used as a desktop dell is windows XP, but the thinkpad e520 was windows 7 professional and i don't THINK it did that or at least not that i could notice.

    Yes uggarocka, it's nice to know it's not a "defect" defect, so it eliminates the idea of exchanging it and hoping that the next one doesn't do that. I don't know if it's something HP will address/change with firmware/bios updates or maybe they will tell me to be less picky Xo

    I emailed their HP technical support and they gave me a long list of random things to do but i don't think they understood my question since they told me to try reseating the optical drive among other things :D
     
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    my hp dv5 did that also (Vista). and now my hp dv6 is also doing that but less frequently.
     
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    Mine does it every once it a while. It seems to be sometimes doing it when I install something. Maybe it is just looking in the drive for installation software? It doesn't happen all that often, though, so it really isn't a problem.
     
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    To try to avoid a second thread, i also can't change my critical battery level below 9%, i try to and it reverts to 9% immediately after lowing it. Any tips on how to get it to 5% or so? I read a thread for some other laptop about plugging it in to an outlet then changing it but that didn't work for me. Am i stuck at 9% for life?
     
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    Same.
    One time i thought that i had the windows 7 dvd on the drive (because the noise) and i went to my girfriend's house to re-install her laptop's OS, and when i arrived i opened the disc drive and surprise! It was empty!
    Shame on my laziness by not check it on "My computer" lol
     
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