Quest For an imac dvd adapter
from what i can gather, vic was the only one to sell an adapter that correctly fits the imac slim slo tloading dvd rom drives. If I am worng, please let me know where I can get them. I have taken it upon myself to find a suitable adapter. Here's what I have found so far.
I went to a local Mac shop today and the tech gave me a peek inside an imac with a slot loading drive in it. The way macintosh has them configured (and this is every imac with a slot loading drive) there is a board exactly the height of the drive that screws into the back of the drive in the holes provided. On 1 side is the 50pin JAE connector with 50 of the worlds smallest pins. On the other side os a 50 Pin (25x2) male connector. The iMac I say used only the first 40 pins and hacked off the other 10 right at the connector. I can believe that this is the same adapter vic was selling. And vic, if you are reading this, please PM me with the pinouts from that drive, it would help me a bunch in my quest.
Here's whats weird: all of the adapters that work, but stick out have the 50 pins divided up as such:
40 -> IDE
4 -> Molex Power
6 -> Audio (3x2)
But the imac I say only used 40 pins. I thought it was a regular ide device. How does the mac get power to the drive? Does it even use an audio cable? Who knows.
Anyways, i thought that if i could get my hands on one of those adapters, i could do the same thing that vic was doing. Use a 50 pin SCSI cable, strip 10 wires off for power and sound and run the other 40 to an ide connector.
So I got to thinking. If these mothers are in every imac sold with a slot loading drive, ther has to be a place to buy them for a adecent price. So i had my local mac guy check apples prices on them. Low and behold, apple wants $50.00 for them. Google, here i come. After talking to about 20 macintosh stores around the country, i find a guy in minisota that has a spare sitting on his bench that hes going to unload to me for 25.00 (not too bad from 50). But that leaves everyone else in the dark, plus where am i going to get another after i break this one? So i got ahold of allmac in california. The have the boards listed for 29.95 (Part no: BRD-4525). I couldnt find it on thier web site, but if you call them they can get it.
SO now i have a board in the mail. I will play around and get the mother working keeping you fellas updated. I can only imagine that this is about the exact same thing vic went through getting his to work, so any help from him is also appreciated. Thanks!