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    CD-Rom Choices

    I am looking to put a CD-ROM drive in where my head unit should be. My setup isn't going to have a head unit in it and I was wondering what cd drive would be good for this use.
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    Do you want a cdrom or a dvd?

    If youre going for dvd, its good to get a slot load unit, it makes it easier to use then to fumble with opening and closing a tray.
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    i wanna go just cd... does anyone sell slot load cd-rom drives.
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    Hi Pelly. I want to make sure you understand, if want to use a "normal" CD-ROM, as used in a computer, you will be faced with the problem of how to control it. It will use a 40-pin ribbon cable that I don't think you can make very long. Which means you'ld have to have a motherboard very close to the unit, as in, behind the CD in the space for the head unit. This could be very difficult.

    Also, if you manage to pull this off, a "tray" unit does have one simple advantage over a "slot-load": that is, the ability to use those new little 80mm CD's. I have a bunch of these, but it may not be a consideration for you.

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    i dont really care about 80mm cd's. I have been thinking about the whole IDE cable problem and I don't remember how long you can run them without problems, so i have been considering using a slot loaded external, or find an internal and put it into a box so i can run it with a USB cable. I can get the boxes for like $25 so it's not a big issue. I am just looking for some sort of way to mount it so it doesn't skip like crazy every time i hit a bump, and possibly one made for being in a car.
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    I wonder if anyone has really thought of getting a standard DVD or CD ROM Drive.

    Than get a add-on Serial ATA Controller and a converter at the back of the drive.

    This would extend the legnth conciderably, up to 1 meter.

    I have seen Serial ATA cards with external connectors as well, so it can be easily done.

    And since we all seem to have at least one PCI slot, I think I'd do'd it...

    According to www.serialata.org, Serial ATA can deal with recognizing a CD/DVD Drives.

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    and that asumes they have the money for serial ata. i dont know how much it costs, but im sure it costs more then a usb or firewire interface.
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    A quick look on NewEgg:

    $8 for the cable (This one is only 24", but SATA can go 1 meter anyway.)
    $27 for the converter

    Another site showed a controller for $30.

    Yes, it is expensive, but some people are willing to pay the money to run a DVD drive with a loooong cable.

    I've read that even USB 2.0 speeds has trouble with some DVD playback.

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    Price isn't as much of an issue as the ablity for it to work. i found a pioneer slot loading DVD/CD drive for $48 so I am going to buy that and put it in a case to convert from the IDE to probably Serial. I just need tips on making it shock proof. Any have ideas for that.

    Thanks for all the ideas so far
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    I guess that would depend on where the drive will go.

    If it will sit where it can be seen, I would assume that the front would come out of a bezel in the car somehow.

    If that was the case, some sort of screw rubber mounts is a start.

    I've seen some people use some sort of large rubber bands to suspend it from the center and the front come through some sort of bezel.

    If the drive is to be hidden from site, you have much more possibilities with shock mounting...

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