Dell XPS M1330 – Boot-up Drive Noise Solved

Of all the things the slot load drive in the Dell XPS M1330 is (thin, sleek, cool, etc), it is not quiet. Specifically, I’m talking about the insert and eject mechanism, which makes quite the rattle. Since I plan on using the laptop in quiet environments, such as a lecture hall, I can’t have a lot of noise coming from the laptop. At every boot, or resume from suspend, the drive will attempt to suck in a disc and initialize it, creating the racket. I always turn off sound just so I can avoid the Windows startup music, but if the drive is this loud, it sort of defeats the purpose.

But I’ve solved the problem! Just put a dummy disc (I used a blank DVD) in the drive.

Yep, that’s it. Because the noise is due to the insert/eject mechanism and not actually the spin-up of the drive, if it already has a disc before the boot-up process, it won’t try to suck one in. So, the noises you’re hearing when booting the computer will be gone.

Of course, this doesn’t solve the problem when you actually want to insert or eject a disc, but you’re probably in a more forgiving environment when you’re inserting/ejecting discs.


6 Replies to “Dell XPS M1330 – Boot-up Drive Noise Solved”

  1. That doesn’t work. It’s already set with the hard drive as the first boot device. It’s not trying to boot from the optical drive. It’s just like an… initialization, that occurs every time the system resumes from any not-on state.

  2. Who uses optical drives? Just disable the thing in BIOS or better yet rip it out of your laptop… but I think with time you’re going to get a firmware update that should handle that.

  3. Unfortunately the thing can’t be disabled completely – only option in the BIOS is to disable the media bay for Windows…

  4. Having the cd in the drive kills my battery takes about 10-20% off the life because it is always spinning. I wish you could just unplug the thing so it didnt make noise – too hard to get at it though.

  5. I’ve actually resorted to disabling the media bay device in the BIOS. I still keep the disc in the drive though, because it only becomes disabled after the POST. That seems to help with the battery life.

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