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    i've got a dvd drive hooked up through a firewire external enclosure drive. it ran flawlessly for a few months, but now after running for a few minutes, the drive will stop working. it seems like it uninstalls itself. then i have to restart cuz it jacks up windows explorer.exe. i'm powering the enclosure from my 150 opus. anyone else have a setup similar to this? i've a usb copilot gps receiver, a usb wireless keyboard, and a usb wireless network adapter, running windows xp 2.4 ghz p4, 512mb ram. should i invest in a new enclosure drive or is there something else wrong like not getting enough power? any advice would be appreciated.

    thanks
    my car: 2003 g35 coupe, 2.5ghz c2d cpu, gigabyte micro atx mb, dsatx
    wife's car: 2004 honda accord coupe 2.4ghz p4 cpu, asus micro atx mb, opus 150
    company car: 2006 chevy avalanche 2.0ghz p4 laptop, cnx p1900

  • #2
    I'm shopping for one, so I'm curious, which enclosure are you using?

    Cable connections good?
    Scott

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    • #3
      i don't remember the brand. i got it online. whether you go firewire or usb2, i'd get one with a power adapter. if it uses straight ac current you'll probably have to use a power inverter to power it. if it uses a power adapter then chances are you can run it off of your computer's power supply. all my connections are tight. i may have to rip my car apart again and have a look at the enclosure.
      Originally posted by ose-ml320
      I'm shopping for one, so I'm curious, which enclosure are you using?

      Cable connections good?
      my car: 2003 g35 coupe, 2.5ghz c2d cpu, gigabyte micro atx mb, dsatx
      wife's car: 2004 honda accord coupe 2.4ghz p4 cpu, asus micro atx mb, opus 150
      company car: 2006 chevy avalanche 2.0ghz p4 laptop, cnx p1900

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      • #4
        looks like i fried the board where the firewire plugs in. board has little cracks and bubbles in that area. anyone have an external enclosure drive setup? mine was not well ventilated b/c it was hidden in the center console. i'd like to keep it that way though. is there a particular model that withstands heat better or produces less heat?
        my car: 2003 g35 coupe, 2.5ghz c2d cpu, gigabyte micro atx mb, dsatx
        wife's car: 2004 honda accord coupe 2.4ghz p4 cpu, asus micro atx mb, opus 150
        company car: 2006 chevy avalanche 2.0ghz p4 laptop, cnx p1900

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        • #5
          Originally posted by kuo
          looks like i fried the board where the firewire plugs in. board has little cracks and bubbles in that area. anyone have an external enclosure drive setup? mine was not well ventilated b/c it was hidden in the center console. i'd like to keep it that way though. is there a particular model that withstands heat better or produces less heat?
          put some fans to cool it down
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          • #6
            Damn, how much heat do these things generate?
            Scott

            MCS-PC
            Epia M-10000
            XP Pro; 512MB; 60GB (2.5")
            Panasonic Slot SlimDVD/CD-RW
            7" Lilliput (Touchscreen)
            Casetronic C137 w/ 90W PSU (Temp)
            19V Laptop Adapter (Temp)

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            • #7
              Have you guys looked at this DVD/CD-R drive? It's bus powered and USB 2.0. I should have mine tomorrow.

              Can be bought off Tigerdirect.com for a little less but I can't stand them.
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              • #8
                would it still help to put a fan on it in a small enclosed area? having a dvd drive in my center console was one of the best things about my setup, so i'm gonna have to buy another enclosure. maybe the one i fried was a cheap one? hopefully that was the case. this time i'm buying one with a lifetime guarantee.
                my car: 2003 g35 coupe, 2.5ghz c2d cpu, gigabyte micro atx mb, dsatx
                wife's car: 2004 honda accord coupe 2.4ghz p4 cpu, asus micro atx mb, opus 150
                company car: 2006 chevy avalanche 2.0ghz p4 laptop, cnx p1900

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                • #9
                  Here are some: http://www.directron.com/external1.html

                  I am using the $39.99 unit for my DVD. Nice product, works great, has fan.
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                  • #10
                    I have an extra Enclosure if anybody wants, I can sell it for $30 shipped. Its never been used. I have everything that came with it except the original box.

                    Here's the link:

                    http://www.directron.com/adue235w.html

                    PM me!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Defiler
                      Have you guys looked at this DVD/CD-R drive? It's bus powered and USB 2.0. I should have mine tomorrow.

                      Can be bought off Tigerdirect.com for a little less but I can't stand them.
                      so, defiler, how does that drive work for you?
                      and which one did you get, the 9236 or the 9229?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by wizardPC
                        so, defiler, how does that drive work for you?
                        and which one did you get, the 9236 or the 9229?
                        I got the 9236. I have tried it on my laptop and it didn't work well with the bus powered cable but fine with the included wall jack. On the Carputer using the add-on USB 2.0 card it works great even with an extention cable. No issues at all. Plus it's always cool to have a CD-R in the car too for when a friend likes the music you're listening to and you can offer to burn it for them.
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                        • #13
                          that's what i was waiting for...
                          /gets out credit card
                          ...
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                          • #14
                            I just say your pushing it with the whole bus power thing .... I dont remember the spec, but I think USB is rated at 500 mA. I know they designed the drive for it and all, but still, my drive pulls 1.5 at spinup.

                            I use the coolmax 63.99 enclosure. It takes a 12v in. I have run it straight off my car, and off my opus - it worked fine with both.
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                            • #15
                              according to your site, you use a full-sized slot loading DVD. THat thing is gonna take a whole lot more power than the slim ones
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