That's strange, I haven't noticed the whine but I don't use any of the media player stuff.
Max Media works fine for me though. I use it to copy game saves to the USB key and then transfer them to my PC for backups.
I sometimes also use PS2 OS to back up my memory cards to the PS2 hard drive but I can't seem to figure out how to get it to restore a backup (I admit though that I haven't tried to hard to do it).
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