I recently put together a DVR box and got a SH-S182M to use as a dvd reader/writer for the system. I was able to use it to install knoppmyth, but whenever a disc is in the drive it makes horrible noises (not really clicking or grinding…i’ve never heard this kind of thing before). It almost sounds as if the disc is rubbing against the drive as it’s spinning, but the discs aren’t being visibly scratched. It seems like whenever it makes this noise, the disc stops being read and in some cases can’t be read again without opening/closing the drive.
I tried to watch a retail dvd in mythtv and xine couldn’t load the media, saying it couldn’t read the dvd. Just as a check, I tried to backup that same dvd to the hard drive. It got a few minutes in but then suddenly stopped and could no longer read the disc (noise again, but only for a moment).
The drive is hooked up on its own IDE cable (it’s the only IDE drive in the machine) and also on its own power cable to the PSU (430W CoolerMaster). The drive jumper is set to master.
Anyway, not sure what’s going on. Anybody have ideas or should I RMA it?