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    Okay, I am getting a little confused on hooking a Laptop DVD drive to a standard IDE connector on an M10000 Motherboard.

    On eBay there is Laptop to IDE adaptor ($1.99 to $9.99) and I thought that was all that was needed.... it converts the data lines and power lines to standard IDE and ATX power connectors...

    Then I see this ...

    CD Adaptor

    and it looks a bit more complicated.... and I missing something about the $1.99 ones? Do they only work with Hard Drives and not CD/DVD drives.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts...

  • #2
    I bought this one... it came out to like $11 and change with shipping and it works great

    Slim CD -> IDE

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    • #3
      The links you guys have posted are the same piece of hardware, just put together by different companies. Either adapter will work perfectly. I purchased the same one from idot.com that Crav has. I used it with a slim DVD drive out of an iMac.

      dug1967,
      do you have a pic of the adapter you bought off ebay?
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      • #4
        Originally posted by _maelstrom
        The links you guys have posted are the same piece of hardware, just put together by different companies. Either adapter will work perfectly. I purchased the same one from idot.com that Crav has. I used it with a slim DVD drive out of an iMac.

        dug1967,
        do you have a pic of the adapter you bought off ebay?
        No picture of the one I bought, because I haven't bought one yet.... trying to make sure I get the right kind.....

        I was at first thinking all I needed was one like this

        IDE Hard Drive Adaptor

        but then I saw the ones like posted above and figured maybe this one is not right....

        I am assuming the ones you two speak of (and shown) covers the sound output of the DVD also, which would be important.

        Thanks to both for the info.

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        • #5
          The hard drive and cd drive adapters are different.
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          • #6
            Frodo is right. The adapter you were initially looking at on ebay is meant for laptop HDDs. It won't have the connections for CD audio. If you look at the other two that were linked to, you can see the audio connection. I'd recommend the one from idotpc.com for your DVD drive.
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            • #7
              I wish i would have know about that earlier. I ended up paying 75 bucks for a Slimline CD/DVD USB2.0 Enclosure. I bought it because the computer was going to be more than 32" away from the CD/DVD drive. This way i didn't have to worry about the length of the cable issue but for that price i might have tried at least.

              I can't complain though becasue what i bought http://www.bixnet.com/24xpcmcicdro.html was exactly what i needed. I was expecting to get an assembled product (which i was a little bit nervouse about taking the whole thing apart and gutting it for it's circiutry) but when i got it was unassembled and the circuitry was easily removed.

              I was so stoked becasue I have some space constraints and i was afraid that it wouldn't fit, but it did and it was the perfect size. I am mounting my CDRW/DVD vertically and my size constraint is in the vertical space. the circuitry was actually two curcuitboards. 1 was just like the one pictured on the first link and the second was connected to the first by a 50 pin cable which aloud me to creat a right angle with the two circuit boards alleviating my size constraints.
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              • #8
                Thanks to all, I went with the iDot one..... glad I asked about the eBay ones.... I just assumed since IDE is IDE is IDE.... haven't dealt with laptop parts until now...

                Thanks for the advice.

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                • #9
                  How about this, http://www.big008.com/ProPage.asp?ProID=PI160312 it comes with the dvd and the adapter already on it?

                  I know I need to buy ata2 cable long enough to run to my trunk but what else do I need?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dug1967
                    I am assuming the ones you two speak of (and shown) covers the sound output of the DVD also, which would be important.
                    With the one I bought from IdotPC, I didn't need to connect anything for sound. The sound worked through the IDE ribbon cable which I thought was weird... but it worked.

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                    • #11
                      It's my understanding (and I suppose I could be wrong), that DVD audio and video will go through only the IDE cable. Output from an audio CD will go through the seperate audio cable from the drive.
                      - Sony XAV-7W In-Dash 7" LCD
                      - Via EPIA 800MHz
                      - 256MB SDRAM
                      - 40GB HDD
                      - Targus Wireless Remote
                      - Win 98SE
                      See it Here
                      or Here (cardomain.com)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by _maelstrom
                        It's my understanding (and I suppose I could be wrong), that DVD audio and video will go through only the IDE cable. Output from an audio CD will go through the seperate audio cable from the drive.
                        Actually, I tried a regular cd and the audio worked... I havent tried a dvd's audio yet

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dug1967
                          Thanks to all, I went with the iDot one..... glad I asked about the eBay ones.... I just assumed since IDE is IDE is IDE.... haven't dealt with laptop parts until now...

                          Thanks for the advice.
                          Quoting myself to show that I am an IDIOT

                          Yes, I went with the iDot one and it won't work with the DVD drive I got (it is the MATSU****A SR-8184 from the iMac) and these adaptors obviously do not work with this drive...

                          I guess I should have been more specific with what I was doing above..... The adapter would have to be flipped (hanging over the edge of the drive half way) for the plug to line up and then the sheet metal form of the back side of the drive holds the adaptor off......

                          I hope others benefit from my waste of $11....

                          Don't use the iDot adaptor with the 8184 DVD drives... or maybe any Apple DVD slimeline drive.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by _maelstrom
                            The links you guys have posted are the same piece of hardware, just put together by different companies. Either adapter will work perfectly. I purchased the same one from idot.com that Crav has. I used it with a slim DVD drive out of an iMac.

                            dug1967,
                            do you have a pic of the adapter you bought off ebay?
                            Okay, Maelstorm.... I am confused. Because you say you used the iDot one with and iMac drive (which I will guess is one of the 8184, whatsuch ones).... this is exactly what I have and for the iDot connector to fit up I would have to flip it 180 degrees (then it hangs off the edge of the drive) and plus the plug in the drive is deep and it looks like I need to remove part of the sheet metal case to get it deep enough.

                            And I missing something?

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