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  • Hooking up Mac Slim Slot Load DVD Drive ($20 ebay) JAE50 to IDE40, HELP

    Once I figure this out, I promise to take some pictures and write a short article on how to do it. I am willing to bet somebody else has done this and knows what needs to be done. They may even have some pictures of this archived on their computer from before.

    OK So i got the iMAC SR-8186-B slim slot load dvd drive ($20 ebay). It came with the adapter board, but the board has 50 pins for the IDE connector.

    I have a 40 pin ide cable without a keyway or any blocked pins, and I believe it is supposed to be hookedup to pins 11-50 and then supply power, this is just from what i have read on here.

    Any pictures or articles I found in the forums here, are all now dead links or pictures.

    I just want to make sure i am hooking the ide cable up right, and also figure out how to power this.

    Here are a couple of picture of the back of the drive with the adapter board installed. the adapter board is the 820-1050-A adapter board.



    I drew on this picture to indicate where I believe the ide cable hooks up, but i was not certain, can anyone verify? Also I noticed the board printed with a + sign and also on the component as well.


    heres a shot with the cable plugged in, although i still dont know for sure that i have this plugged in right.


    Actually the way i have the cable plugged in is correct.

    I now have it working in windows and will take some pictures and then edit my first post to be more of a guide.

    I used this site for the pinouts: http://www.hardmac.com/articles/39/page3

    Here are some more pictures

    The way I have it hooked up the bios detects the drive as a Mitsu and windows detects the drive.

    When I put in cds it spits them back out a second later.

    Im wondering if I need to make use of ALL of the Ground and +5v sources. right now i only hooked up one of the +5v and one of the grounds.







    OK These last two will be my final and last test... wondering if maybe i need both grounds and all 5 +5v, going to connect the appropriate pins and solder wires straight to them.








  • #2
    You need an adapter to connect this drive to a 40-pin IDE o work with a PC.

    And no, the connection you have is not going to work, but I'm sure you figured that out already.
    Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
    How about the Wiki?



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    • #3
      Hmmm, Apple, (c)1999, 50 pin connector... What you have there, I believe, is a SCSI connector. That's not going to work on IDE no matter what you do.

      Edit.

      Damn apple and their proprietary connectors. That might just be IDE after all. You might get it to work if you replace the interface board with something like this.

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      • #4
        Actually the way i have the cable plugged in is correct.

        I now have it working in windows and will take some pictures and then edit my first post to be more of a guide.

        I used this site for the pinouts: http://www.hardmac.com/articles/39/page3

        The way I have it hooked up the bios detects the drive as a Mitsu and windows detects the drive.

        When I put in cds it spits them back out a second later.

        I've tested everything i can think of, this drive is just broken.

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        • #5
          sounds like a bad drive.

          I might be looking at getting rid of mine if you are interested.
          Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

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          • #6
            I just picked up a much better slim slot load drive on ebay for $18. I will use the adapter board from this one on the new one once it gets here. it is a UJ-825-C

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            • #7
              fair enough. good luck with it
              Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

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              • #8
                I just re read my post, when I said a "much better one", I was not referring to your drive, yours may very well be top notch, I was referring to my previous drive that did not burn dvds, the one I just bought is much better than the one I previously bought, is what i meant.

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                • #9
                  That's cool. I just thought you may have wanted a replacement.
                  Never let the truth get in the way of a good story

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