What about Firewire (IEEE 1394)? I found an adapter that allows me to hook up an IDE device via firewire. I am planning on running the firewire cable from my front loading CD/DVD along the top of the windshield, down to the floor, under the carpet to the carputer under the passenger seat. All told, at least 7ft. Anyone see any trouble with this strategy?
I think... the 3 feet interfance is not right... there was a guy here that hooked up a dvd drive with a ~20 foot cable if i rember correctly, it was....anyone care to chime in...
You must be really really cheap because cables are like ... 25 cents around here, computer shops (local/small) might even give you one for free... I have tons lying around, shipping is worth more than the actual cable.
Well It's not that i'm really really cheap it's jsut taht I can't find any IDE cables that are like 4 feet or better. If anyone has one I'd love to buy it. rather than dickin around with two cables. The three footer seems to work fine so what's another foot?
Originally posted by hijinks21 DouggyDouggy, the problem is just like truckin said, you'll get interferance due to the lines not being in pairs wound together like Cat5 cable.
your one option is to use cat5 and connect 5 cat5 cables to ide adaptor ends and try that. That should reduce signal lose.. hopefully. There are many discussions on this if you search.
Just having a cable with lines twisted does not reduce interference. Cat 5 networks work because they have a differential amplifier as ench end and the in the wire just help insure that the interference arrives at each side of the balanced amplifier 180 degrees out of phase. I see a lot of poeple try to replace wires with cat 5 twisted pair assuming it will improve signals when it won't.