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Thread: Do people put optical drives in their dash?

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    Do people put optical drives in their dash?

    I'm guessing that somebody has done this, but I didn't really know what to search for and I haven't seen one yet. Do people put optical drives in their dash, like a dvd drive to play a dvd someone rented or something? If people do this, do they use a super long IDE cable or do they get a serial ATA optical drive or what?

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    A firewire slot loading drive seems to be the ticket

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    Hey thanks for the reply. I couldn't find any of these drives on newegg, what is the most common brand?

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    There's lot sof these types of install around.
    Slot load dvd drives can be had almost anywhere. They're mainly for laptops. I used a laptop DVD drive with an adapter that converted it to usb interface and mounted it just below my screen in the dash.

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    Ah that's a good idea as well. That would make it easier then buying a special firewire drive.

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    I thought the MP3 store had them,, but firewire slot load drives can be found here

    http://www.gnetcanada.com/vehiclepc-...xternaldvd.asp

    and prolly cheaper on ebay...

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    there are a few slot loaded drives on ebay but when i searched slot loaded drive only 1 came up so u might have to browse through a few pages in the cd/dvd drive catagory the price wasnt to bad on some of them though

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    Do the firewire drives have advantageous over the IDE -> USB drives?


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    http://www.meritline.com/usb-to-ide-network-cable.html

    If you use something like that, a USB to IDE converter, than you can use a variety of different drives and you can find em cheap usually...

    As far as I know, firewire drives are expensive. That would be the only difference that I can think of.

    I second that question though, whats the advantages of firewire over usb, and vice versa....
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    Firewire permits a cable length of 15 feet, and you don't need to supply a seperate power cable.

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