Hi, I am kinda new to these modern drives so please can someone tell me what is a normal level of vibration?
I had a benq 1625.
It seemed to have a lot of vibration on maybe 1/2 of my various disks.
It would vibrate with a cd in it at maybe at the 12x to 30x level while spinning up to read it. I thought maybe I had some off balanced cd, but it did it with a variety of manufactured cds and dvd.
I tried putting one cd into the nero speed program (I hope I got the name right as I am pretty new at this). Anyways one of my cds I made with the burner , would fail to fully spin up for the test, and an error box was produces, and the test stopped. You see a lot of physical vibration would occur maybe at the 12 - 30x level (guessing ) and it would not always reach full speed. But sometimes I could get it to pass that spin up to the full level, if I immediately started the test again after it failed, and it had not had time to fully slowed down. I don't know , I don't remember precisely what would make the difference with the same test succeding or failing to spin up with that test.
I do no that the drive would sometimes vibrate so much that it would reverberate inside my case, causing a drum effect. But if it reached full speed then it would go away, and just sound like a fast spinning drive. If I unmounted the drive and held it in my hand I could feel the vibration in my hand very apparently. If it was mounted I could feel it in the face plate. The drive was mounted solid enough. It just had enough vibrational energy to shake the whole case with it sometimes. This amount of vibration would take place maybe 1/4 the time, like when I installed a game, and the disks would really spin up to load all the info. As I said though, it would not do it at full speed, just getting there. Sometimes it would sit at that big vibrating speed for a while , then later spin faster and it would go away. So I think it is more than firmware that contols the spin up speed. i think it is something about the mechanism that grabs the cd or dvd and centers it or something?The closest analogy I can come up with, is if you are driving a car that has tires that are not balanced, there will be a place where the steering wheel vibrates, then you can drive faster , and you will get past that special reverberation place.
Is this normal for drives? Did I have a normal unit? Would the hp lightscribe drive vibrate less? Are they the same?
If I got a benq 1640 or 1620 or that Plextore 716 or 740 drive would they vibrate less than the 1625?
The drive seemed to be able to really precisely burn the lightscribe label , and make a cd at high speed 40 or 48 whatever the max on the drive is.
I want a lightscribe bad, but I am scared to go get another one. And the reviews make me feel bad about my burners writing quality if I wanted dual layer or rewriter dvds. Maybe the reviewer got a bum sample?
I guess knowing the quality of the burn is more important than the label to me, so I would settle for a 1640 or 1620 but I cannot make out how the 1640 firmware has progressed the drive from it initial reviews. This info is so overwhelming. And I would hate to get another drive to have it vibrate so much on me. I am so confused. I cannot even tell if the 1625 really couldn't report c1 or pi errors. Can it?
is the hp640i physically the same as the 1625? Or could it have a different vibration dampening system?