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    Question Seeing opinions on whether any way feasible

    I wanted to do a CDRom drive in the car. Whatever.

    one problem is the length problem for trunk-to-dashboard. USB and SCSI is 12 feet, parallel is 6 feet and EIDE is 3 feet. Some of us need probably 15 feet.

    What I theoretically wanted to do is get a cheap 486 and hook up a CDRom drive to it with a 6" cable, and power it, blah blah blah... the 486 is no problem since its SBC and only need +5vdc. It also has an on-board ethernet. Size of a credit card.
    Now, if I wanted that 486 to ethernet to my pentium computer, and have the CDRom drive be used as a mapped CDRom drive in DOS, how would I go about doing it? I have a VCD program for DOS and I would like to access via ethernet the CDRom.
    I dont' want to do this for Audio CDs (I can just hack the CDDA-out to connect to the headunit or the pentium computer's line-in anyway). this is just to kinda make a "virtual" CDRom drive via ethernet. (virtual in that the CDRom is not directly connected to the Pentium PC) I don't care about the money, or sanity, or convenience of the idea... this is just theoretical and I'm looking at possibilities.

    thanks,
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    Heh a C.A.N. (Car area network)

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    If your DOS install is actually a windows install just booting without the GUI, then you may be able to do this.. you can use the 'NET' command to do everything you want in your autoexec batch file. Just type 'Net /?' and you will see all the commands.. you will need to create a share on the 486 when it boots and then eventually connect to the share with your main computer.

    The only problem I really see is making sure the 486 is up and running before hand and sharing the CD-ROM. Also, how are you going to power the CD-ROM if the 486 only needs 5v.. (im not an electronics person, but I assume the CD-ROM needs the 12v to operate)..

    Good idea though in theory I think. Might be a pain to get working though.
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    Wink

    yup.. I guess thats pretty much how it should be set up... I just didn't explore win 95's DOS all that much. Especially networking.

    Hey, a good example is at dirtcheapdrives.com under the CDRom towers. Except I'd only want one drive as opposed to ten. If I wanted ten, I'd just keep the CDrom drive in the trunk ;-D
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