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2 DVD Burners Generating Serious Heat!


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#1 phoenixcrash

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Posted 29 April 2010 - 09:10 PM

I've got two DVD burners in a Hp m1070n Media Center, and these things are generating some serious heat. The original drives in the PC ran off the wide PATA cable, which were both replaced two SATA DVD drives. Getting rid of that wide-ass PATA cable allowed for a lil more air flow, but not enough. Is there any way I could cool the drives? Any sort of fan I could install to push air their way? The heat that the drives are producing currently are causing the burners to have a fairly short lifespan. Any ideas?

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:17 AM

I see no one has answered you yet, so I'll give it a go. I have 2 DVD burners in my computer, have had 2 in the last 3 computers and never had them do what you describe. Are you certain it's the DVD burners? Have you disconnected them and checked the temps?

What kind of video card do you have, they put out a lot of heat at times.

And this is just curiosity, but are your fans blowing the right way? Any fan in the front of the box should be an intake and fans in the back exhaust... :thumbsup:
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Posted 05 May 2010 - 02:36 PM

You are the first person...I've ever seen who thought that opticals produce exceptional heat.

Just about everything else in a system...is capable of such, but optical drives are shielded/insulated somewhat from giving off heat.

I think I'd look somewhere else in that system for a suspect.

As for how to overcome heat...fans work, as long as they are properly placed. Video cards and hard drives have coolers which can be attached.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 04:15 PM

I have 4 DVD burners stacked on top of each other on my main rig, and have never had a problem.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 06:36 PM

Wildabeast, it's the factory video card:

ATI Radeon x300se

* 128MB DDR memory
* PCI-E (Express) interface
* I/O Ports: VGA, Composite, S-Video (S-VHS only - integrated tv encoder)
* TV-Out support
As for fan direction: The fan in the back of the tower is intake, heatsink fan exhaust, and an added Thermaltake PCI slot fan for improved exhaust. Sound right to you?

and @hamluis; "You are the first person...I've ever seen who thought that opticals produce exceptional heat." No, never thought they produced "exceptional heat", however, I do believe that the amount of heat they DO produce would be enough to (over time) cause damage to the device. Disc Spin=Friction=Heat. Discs come out pretty warm after burning 5 or 6. Or would you tell me that "burning" a disc is just a figure of speech?

@ dpunisher; 4 burners? Sounds like a killer setup, but Christ on a cracker, what do you need that many for?

Thanx for the help guys! :thumbsup:

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Posted 06 May 2010 - 05:12 AM

As for fan direction: The fan in the back of the tower is intake, heatsink fan exhaust, and an added Thermaltake PCI slot fan for improved exhaust. Sound right to you?


Hmm, every puter I've ever built or seen had the airflow from front to back. I'm talking case fans here. Do you have a fan in the front of the case? If you think about it, if all your fans are intake and just the slot fan for exhaust, you're not moving any hot air out of the case. :thumbsup:
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