Computer wiring... Need Help
I just put together the computer for my brother's Car PC. It's a VIA M10000 in a Casetronic 2699 case. Anyway, we're building a fiberglass console. As part of the console, we are going to have 2 USB and 1 firewire port in the front and the same in the back.
I was going to take the Firewire/USB adapter that came with the board and mod it into the floppy drive slot. Then have extenstions that come out of the console that would plug into there. Unfortunately, I am unable to find and firewire extension cables (Do they exist, anybody know?). This means that I have 18 wires that I want to run from the inside the case to the outside. Along with that I need to run Power Switch, Reset Switch, Power LED, HD LED, CD-Audio, Power for DVD Drive (it will be in the console) and an IDE cable. I don't want to have to reach in the case and unplug everything each time I need to pull the computer out. I'd like to have just a few plugs on the side where I can plug everything in at once. So I have a few questions...
Could I combine the grounds for the PWS, RSS, PLED and HDLED?
What type of connector could I place on the outside so that I could connect almost all of this at once? Should I do a RJ-45 jack for the LEDs and Switches and then a DB-25 for the firewire?
Also, where could I find either a male to female IDE cable or an IDE coupler?