When I play an MP3 CD on my computer, my drive spins so fast that it seems like it’s at about 1,000X and makes so much noise it sounds like a rocket blasting off and I can barely hear the audio that’s playing, plus when I take the CD out of the drive it’s so hot that it just about burns my fingers to the touch. None of that, I’m sure, is good for my drive, and I doubt that it’s good for the CD either.
And it does this on both drives I have on my computer, the original LTN 485S plain CD-ROM drive that was originally on my computer and the Lite-On LTR-40125W burner drive that I installed.
I don’t have many MP3 CDs in my collection, but was attempting to make copies of a couple that I have which feature old radio broadcasts of news, speeches, etc., from World War II. I was able to make the copies, but my drive got so hot during the process … I had a devil of a time in Nero (am using the latest version) controlling the read and burn speeds, finally got it OK but then the second the burn stopped, the drive started spinning like a maniac again until I was able to close out the program and eject the disc … that I ended up making the first coaster I’ve produced in ages (was using TY media, no cheapo stuff) because I think the drive got overheated (it’s happened before, someone once told me that Lite-On drives were persnickety that way, it basically locked the computer up to where I had to flip the main power switch before I could reboot, and the light on the drive was showing bright orange). I let the thing cool off for an hour and tried again with no problems.
Is this a common problem with MP3 CDs and these drives? As I said, I’ve had very little experience with those, and I normally listen to the few I have on a portable Phillips Expanium player with good results, but I’d like the option to play them on my computer and to make copies. Is there a fix for this, a way to slow the drive down to less than a breakneck speed and a much quieter spin, or is this just something you have to live with? Because again, I really fear playing this under these conditions is not good for the health of my drives or the longevity of the CDs. Thanks!