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Thread: driver issues with usb to ide adapter

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    An Ebay example can be had for about $8. Probably even cheaper if you search ebay more, that was just a quickie. Most will have a 110 to 5v adaptor, which you will toss, just grab a good 5v source, like from the opus, and run a pair of 14 or so guage wires up to the hub.

    I hadnt thought about the comment PPGT94 made, but that is true, i was thinking of my usb hard drive, and it draws the power from the usb, where your rom will have external power. In that case, look at this thread I bet it is a similar problem to yours. I think maybe the wires that you ran are too small to send good power. Just cause it measures 5v doesnt mean it gets 5v at load. Again though, cut out all the extensions and retry. That will help narrow it down.
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    well I just plugged it in directly to the motherboard, without the extension and I still have the exact same problem

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    and my extensions are only 6 feet, I wouldn't think this would be much of a problem would it?

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    How about your power wire, are you using the same 6 foot long power wire or did you power it right off the opus connector? That will help rule out the wire size issue
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    nope, I powered it directly off of the opus

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    Well, if you have ruled out bad power and bad usb, then it sounds like maybe the adaptor is flakey. XP should recognise it and install it, I have never had or heard of any problems with lacking drivers. I have a USB to IDE adaptor that just came in the mail from eBay, and it came with a disk, but it doesnt have a XP driver listed. Maybe you can figure out who makes it and google it, that may turn up something? If they dont have a XP driver, maybe try the compatibility wizzard.
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    what one did you get off ebay, I may just go ahead and get another one

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    USB not powerful enough

    You can get enclosures with rechargeable batteries that use the 500mA to trickle charge the enclosure battery but power the drive off the battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jermkesler
    what one did you get off ebay, I may just go ahead and get another one
    This is the one I bought, works great and comes with a cheap-o laptop drive adaptor and a power supply

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    hmm, thats the one I currently have, wonder why I can't get it to work, did you get a driver cd with yours?

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