I have a Packard Bell PC (win xp sp2, 2gb RAM) which has served me well in all regards for about a year now. The only problem I have is in playing DVDs - whenever I insert one into the drive, the computer's internal fan cranks up to top rpm and stays that way as long as the DVD is playing (regardless of which media player is used - I've tried many). It's like trying to watch a film with a hairdryer running right next to you. It's just not conducive to the movie magic.
I should mention that the computer's regular fan noise is very unobtrusive at all other times, and that this is the first PC I've owned which requires a constant high fan rpm for DVD playback. Is there any way I can get the fan to calm down so I can hear the movies I'm playing? Will replacing the DVD drive help? Currently my only way of watching my DVDs is to rip them to avi files, which I can then run without problem in near-silence.