Repair the PlayStation 5 audio disc drive

Since its launch, many users have experienced a very loud, swirling sound from the PlayStation 5 disc drive. Here’s how to improve:

If the PlayStation 5 is louder than expected, it’s not just you who may be shocked. Many online users have found that our next-generation game console is at least sometimes louder than the PS4.

That’s not to say the PS5 is constantly loud. Instead, most fans will agree that the PlayStation 5 disc drive will be very loud when installing or loading certain discs.

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Some users only report this problem with certain games; others believe this happens randomly, even when they are not playing. My PlayStation 5 listens most of the time, but sometimes louder than any console I’ve ever owned, for at least 5-10 seconds before it goes silent again.

Now a fan has come up with some ways to solve the problem of the audio PS5 disk drive and it is easier than you think.

Fixed PS5 audio disc drive

The first thing to note is that this is not a patch that requires you to disassemble your PS5, so don’t worry about voiding your warranty. It’s also worth knowing that this isn’t exactly the solution to the internal problem, it’s much more about making things easier to handle.

One Reddit user ran a test and came up with some solutions to help repair the PlayStation 5 audio drive.

Switch the PS5 to portrait mode

PS5 vertical fixed audio disc drive
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First, the console is said to be quieter when in vertical mode. According to the user, this is because the PlayStation 5 stand is not terribly safe when standing horizontally.

In the vertical position, the PS5 has a screw that holds the console in place. Failure to do so is likely to cause additional vibration and noise in horizontal mode.

Obviously, not all players will be able to adjust the console vertically. But if so, here’s a guide to changing the orientation of your PS5.

Attenuate the noise of the PS5 disc drive

Second, and more importantly, the problem with the PS5 disk drive seems particularly loud when placed on less solid surfaces. A Reddit user reported that their chipboard IKEA furniture made the PS5 much louder than a solid wood desk.

PS5 is horizontal
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If it is not possible to change the placement of the PS5, as is the case for most users, there is an alternative solution. The thick rubber mouse pad placed under the PS5 stand is said to be significantly attenuated by the sound.

The Reddit m0rtivor user estimates that the PS5 disk drive generates 90-95% less noise with a thick rubber insert under the console. Of course, this muffler doesn’t necessarily have to be a mouse pad, and anything between the hard surface and the console can help.

The audio disc drive is not the only problem that affects the boot of the PS5. Many next-generation owners report that the PS5’s sleep mode is causing a complete problem on the console.

As a temporary solution, you can turn off sleep mode on the PS5 as follows. Of course, many gamers still don’t get their hands on the PS5.

Fortunately, Sony confirms that more PS5 kits will arrive this year. So if the PS5 is unbearably loud, replacements will be readily available soon after.