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    Okay, I am very new at computers, I love them, but am not hip on the lingo yet. I am going to attempt to install a DVD-Rom drive (Pioneer slot load to be exact) somewhere close to my dash while the casing of the cpu is in the trunk. My question was if I am going to run into any problems doing this. One of the problems that come to mind is that I will be losing a bit of voltage and or signal since it has to travel a long distance (about 10-12feet). One other question, have ya'll had luck with the Pioneers? I am mainly concerned about it skipping whenever I hit bumps. Any and all info is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
    I have a 2001 Prelude. bone stock (gimme a break, it is brand new)
    I am looking to start the install very soon.

  • #2
    Your best bet would be to get an Internal to external case. They convert the IDE signal to USB or Firewire. Since it is a DVD drive I am not sure how Firewire would hold up, 24 MB/sec should be good enough but may not be. Here is an idea of what to look for. External case
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    • #3
      Hey... Love your nickname, "Jenny"

      ~m

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      • #4
        Well, the player Obscured in my signature has an external IDE interface I made with a Centronix SCSI cable. It works well, even though I'm stretching the limits of IDE cable length.

        You're not going to make it 10-12 feet with IDE. USB should do fine, as it has a longer cable limit then even firewire. It should have the bandwidth you need, too. Firewire can definitely handle the bandwidth, but I believe you may be pushing the cable length limit, and the cable itself may hit you hard in the wallet.
        SnackPack
        First Player: Obscured
        Second Try: No Web Page Yet, using MSI-6215

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        • #5
          FYI, Firewire limit is 15 feet, unless you have repeaters - in which case you can go up to 236.
          Jonathan
          JZ CarPC - 1998 Volvo C70
          Shuttle SV-24 Celery 400Mhz 128MB SDRAM 60GB HD DVD, 12.1" VGA TFT LCD, Sproggy/Mastero DC-DC ATX PSU, Mucha ATX shutdown controller, Co-Pilot GPS

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          • #6
            Or you could try and find yourself a SCSI DVD drive, and then you would have no problems with distance..

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            • #7
              I don't belive USB can do DVD SnackPack. At less than 1MB a second there won't be enough bandwith. USB 2.0 may be able to handle it though.
              http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
              Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

              http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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              • #8
                thanks everyone...

                Skinnyboy, your idea sounds the most appealing to me so far, but I was wondering if I need whats called a SCSI expander, or can it run that many feet by itself? also, can you get a SCSI connection on one of the ports on the back of the computer, or do you have to run the ribbon of wires from the inside of the housing? thanks a bunch.
                I have a 2001 Prelude. bone stock (gimme a break, it is brand new)
                I am looking to start the install very soon.

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                • #9
                  You can get a SCSI card which has an external port. However, SCSI cables are also very expensive. You may be paying at least 75 bucks for 10-12 of cable. It's thick cable, too. Not very ideal for hiding away in a car.

                  SnackPack
                  SnackPack
                  First Player: Obscured
                  Second Try: No Web Page Yet, using MSI-6215

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                  • #10
                    Thats why you extend it yourself with some Cat-5 STP
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                    • #11
                      Yay, someone listened to me..
                      oops, I am not supposed to smile like that anymore..
                      but can you actually buy SCSI DVD drives??

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by SkinnyBoy:
                        <STRONG>
                        but can you actually buy SCSI DVD drives??</STRONG>
                        You can, but they are kinda expensive. The ones I could find were $250-$500 US. Search on Google and you will find some. Be sure to search for DVD-ROM drives, as most of them are DVD-RAM drives.
                        http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/Maveric/ M.A.V.I.C. System
                        Asus MB, PII 266, 192 MB Ram, 6.8" LCD, 6 Disk CD-ROM, 21 Gig HD, All-in-Wonder Video w/ TV Tuner, Irman, Windows ME, Winamp, Cobra III -- All in a custom acrylic case.

                        http://www.mp3car.com/usersites/listings/ MP3car Listings - Please add to it! :)

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                        • #13
                          Check PriceWatch, SCSI DVD drives starting at $80, SCSI slot load DVD starting at $94. However, given the price of the SCSI controller and the SCSI cable, you might be better off with USB 2.0 or Firewire.

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