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    IDE internal USB hub

    Hello, I have been lurking for a while but I finally have a a need to post. I am rebuilding a semi dead thinkpad r31. I have no USB2.0 and I was hoping to run an adapter from my spare 44 pin IDE port. I have searched google and others and the nearest I have found was for a pc (40 pin) IDE. Ideally I would like an internal IDE card reader capable of reading SD and CF1 while also being a USB hub. Would someone please direct me towards that appropriate product? Or is my only choice to run a 40/44 pin IDE adapter with the reader I have found so far?

    Thanks for any suggestions, I am at a loss.

    Adam

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    I have seen a hack for the ide cable to turn it into a card reader. I cant remember where i saw it though, i think it was on the instructables website. If i remember i will PM it to you.

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    http://www.milesie.co.uk/shop/asp/pr...asp?Product=38

    I've not seen an SD to IDE adapter. And the requirement for a USB hub in the same unit, running from IDE has me going "wtf...!" a bit. Got a link to one of these USB hubs that runs from IDE anywhere?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Withey View Post
    http://www.milesie.co.uk/shop/asp/pr...asp?Product=38

    I've not seen an SD to IDE adapter. And the requirement for a USB hub in the same unit, running from IDE has me going "wtf...!" a bit. Got a link to one of these USB hubs that runs from IDE anywhere?
    HAHAHAHA, you can be so cold sometimes, but that is true. I dont think there is such a thing. If there is id like to see it.

    Where would the hub go? Inside the case? You would have to have a long IDE cable sticking out, that wouldnt look very plesant.
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    I'm 99% sure you won't find a IDE to USB 2.0 hub.

    The IDE bus is designed specifically for communicating with hard drives / storage products. It is technically possible to create one if you created a device that changed the serial data from a USB device into parallel 40 pin IDE data, which would be detected as a hard drive, and then wrote drivers to communicate with such a device so it would appear as a USB hub to external software. But...

    Trying to get USB connectivity out of IDE, is basically the same as trying to connect a telescope to your nose. Your nose smells. Telescopes are for seeing through. I'm sure you could retrofit it into a smell-o-scope, but that would require many innovations and years of development. Why not just put the telescope to your eye instead?

    Solution for you: Buy a new laptop if you need USB connectivity. Or if you have a PCMCIA slot, use that for a USB hub. Otherwise, you are out of luck.

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    No hard feelings, I just like using analogies to make my points. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krnpimpsta View Post
    Your nose smells
    lol... what does it smell like? and why are you smelling his nose anyways?


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    What I'm doing smelling his nose is none of your business!

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    They are correct that an IDE port will not adapt to a USB hub. It will run a drive and that's pretty much it. There are adapters you can get to allow it to see flash media (SD, CF, etc) as a fixed hard drive.

    Your best bet is to get a pcmcia USB 2.0 card and a powered USB 2.0 hub. Run everything from the powered HUB to ensure all your devices get adequate power.

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