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I have an LG RH188 DVD / Hard Disk recorder. Whenever I turn the machine on, I get a very very loud mechanical-sounding whirring noise from within the machine. It starts as a series of brief noises, maybe 10 of them spaced out by about a second between, then whirrs constantly for about 5 minutes before eventually settling down. I can watch DVDs / play the hard drive content during this time, but the sound is noisier than the level of the TV and is really distracting. Would prefer to fix rather than throw out!

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  • martin835 May 16, 2009

    ok, how do I check? What am I looking for, and is this something I could sort out myself?

  • martin835 May 17, 2009

    Thanks for the response - when you ask if I can run DVDs without the hard drive, do you mean somehow disabling the hard drive? Certainly the machine will play DVDs, or content from the hard drive, and the noises it produces seem independent of that. The noise stops after a few minutes and doesn't come back as long as I leave the machine switched on.

  • martin835 May 18, 2009

    No, the player is on an unenclosed glass shelf with nothing resting on it. The noise occurs immediately when the machine is turned on - it doesn't have time to get too hot. I think I can also hear the fan functioning normally once the noise calms down; this is a hard, loud, mechanical noise akin to running a food mixer or a vacuum cleaner - I assume the fans in these machines are generally quite small.

  • martin835 May 27, 2009

    It's independent of the CD / DVD. Will check fans etc.

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It seems like there is a problem with the internal fan, open the top cover and you will be able to detect where the noise is coming from, after this tell me and i will tell you what the exact problem is.

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Your player is probably running a few degrees hotter than usual. This causes the fan to spin at a faster than usual speed causing that noise. It can happen if you keep your player in an enclosed space blocking the heat vents from dispersing the heat. Make sure that you place it in a location where it can disperse heat more easily. This will hopefully resolve the issue.

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    Rohit Asthana May 18, 2009

    it was the fan at the back of the recorder. I fixed it by inserting a cardboard spacer between the fan & the case.

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    Rohit Asthana May 18, 2009

    It is the foam pad ring from a new CD or DVD spindle that was stuck on
    a disc that you put in and missed it. It does not go back in the drive.
    It goes in the trash.
    The ring is used hold the discs solidly on new retail spindle. The noise was the drive strugging with an unbalanced disc.

    If you caught it right away and nothing hit the laser or lens you are ok. Try reading or burning another disc.

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If the recorder is still under warranty then the hard disk needs to be replaced, free( I believe their warranty is up to 3 years). The more you use it, louder will be the noise till its scratched up the Hard disk well & good. If the players DVD can be played without the hard disk then do run it to observe if the noise vanishes or not, but i doubt whether this operation can be done. Since it sounds whether you play dvd or from the HD, the noise remains so there's no doubt about the Hard Disk is responsible. I am afraid but either buy a new hard disk or junk it, whichever is cost effective...........sodeep

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One possible cause of the noise would be the auxillary exhaust fan built inside the unit. You try to have it replaced.

Posted on May 16, 2009

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