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    Question How long is too long?

    I plan to hook up a LCD, touchscreen, cd-rom drive, 2 hard drives, usb cable from the trunk (carputer CPU) to the dash board. Few questions on this:

    - How long can a VGA cable be extended before it looses quality or signal.
    - How long can an IDE cable be extended before it looses quality or signal.
    - Are there signal repeaters for these situations?
    - Where can such cables be purchased or do they needs to be custom fashioned.
    - Is it better to just make my own? (splice cables my self)

    Thanks so much in advance...

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    I have 2 computers racked up across the room in my computer room that I use in my office. They both work fine over a 50 ft vga Extension cable + Monitor cable. Same for the PS2 KB/Mouse. They say you can go about 75 feet maximum before the video starts getting flakey.

    IDE cables can be a maximum of 24 inches. Thats it. SATA can go a bit further but it's still only like 5-10 feet (guessing). Why would you ever want to mout these away from the CPU/PS? Doesn't make any sense. There are solutions to remote mount storage, but they are expensive.

    There are lots of places for cables www.atozcables.com is ok, just pick out what your looking for and search google for it.

    USB you didn't mention, but it only works to 5 meters (16 feet). If you have to go further, then you need an active usb extension cable. They have them for 1.1 and 2.0. Here's an example: http://www.sewelldirect.com/USB2Exte...USB_2_Repeater

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    Quote Originally Posted by chance_11
    IDE cables can be a maximum of 24 inches. Thats it.
    wellllllll - I need a 15ft IDE cable

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    Quote Originally Posted by chance_11
    IDE cables can be a maximum of 24 inches. Thats it. SATA can go a bit further but it's still only like 5-10 feet (guessing). Why would you ever want to mout these away from the CPU/PS?

    I'm guessing PC in the back, IDE DVD/CD in front. Seems he'll need a USB DVD/CD?

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    http://www.veryveryexcited.com/archives/000013.html .search for IDE to USB 2.0 converter. The power is the tricky bit, as it comes with a AC-DC converter you have 2 options of powering it, either using power inverter or making a LDO circuit for the specs of 1 : dc [email protected] and
    2: dc+12v @1.5A

    (This means you will have to modify the power input bit)

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    You might want a look at this IDE to USB adapter you can get it for about $40.00

    http://www.datoptic.com/usbfwfr.html

    By the way the maximum spec for IDE cables is 18 inches but I have had no problem running cables as long as 36 inches inside server cases.

    Hope this helps

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