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

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  1. joe_dude

    joe_dude Notebook Enthusiast

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    I originally posted this on the HP Mini 311 forums, but anyway...

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    Battery -> Critical battery level: HP set the minimum to 7%.

    To set it below 7%, you have to use powercfg.exe from the command prompt. The number at the end is the percentage (5% in this case). The first setting is for DC power, second if for AC.

    powercfg -setdcvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT e73a048d-bf27-4f12-9731-8b2076e8891f 9a66d8d7-4ff7-4ef9-b5a2-5a326ca2a469 5

    powercfg -setacvalueindex SCHEME_CURRENT e73a048d-bf27-4f12-9731-8b2076e8891f 9a66d8d7-4ff7-4ef9-b5a2-5a326ca2a469 5
     
  2. The_Observer

    The_Observer 9262 is the best:)

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    You can disable the DVD drive in Device manger and I have heard this can quite increase the battery life.
     
  3. Izagaia

    Izagaia Notebook Evangelist

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    What about uninstalling the HP application that sets the notebook on the "HP Recommended Power Plan"? Seems like that may have something to do with it. I don't recall what the name of the app is, however.
     
  4. turtlefoodasaurus

    turtlefoodasaurus Notebook Enthusiast

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    I tried that today along with deleting a few random programs that came with my laptop like magic desktop and bilo ( just to clear away the junk). Disabling the dvd drive seems to have stopped the random drive checks, though i'm not sure if the battery life has improved. It seems like i'm getting worse battery life now that i've updated the bios ( it was one of the options under the hp support program which might be bloatware-esque but it seems good at getting updates for me automatically).

    I also might try joe_dude mentioned, maybe set it to 6 or so %, i'm never going to leave it on stand by when it gets low on battery, i'm always going to shut it down, i doubt i need 9% battery life just for that.
     
  5. beamermt25

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    Hello! I got an HP Pavilion dv6 from wally world and the dvd drives did the random noise thing. The first one did it almost every 3 to 5 min, this new one I exchanged it for does it about every 30 to 45 min. Its super annoying and i've been on enough windows 7 laptops to know its not normal. I really hope HP fixes it since its a nice computer..
     
  6. sackynut

    sackynut Notebook Enthusiast

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    its not just an HP issue. My asus k53 is doing it too. ive never had a laptop do this before.

    at first it only did it while itunes was running. so i had to stop using itunes completely, because im sure this will cut days off the life of your dvd drive if you let it continue.

    however just a few minutes ago i finished burning a dvd (ive been itunes free for a week, with no random noises) and it did it again, after i had the drive empty for 5+ minutes.

    i feel like this is a definite drivers/windows 7 glitch and it needs to be dealt with because my old dvd failed after 1.5 years because of over use.
    cheers
    -sack
     
  7. sackynut

    sackynut Notebook Enthusiast

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    edit: fixed problem by uninstalling then reinstalling dvd drive. but now its back. grrrrr at microsoft.
     
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