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 Post subject: Where can I get a Laptop CDROM drive adapter to IDE?
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2002 7:22 am 
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I built a mini ITX VIA EPIA system using the Castronic case which only has room for a slimline CDROM.
Does anyone know of an online retailer in Canada which carries adapters so that the drive may be connected to a standard IDE and power connectors?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2002 6:28 pm 
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This may depend on the connector on the slimline CD ROM; I don't think they are standard. For example, we use Dell laptops, and their CD ROM drives use Dell-proprietary connectors (I'm pretty sure). So you may be looking for a different adapter depending on the CD ROM drive itself.

You may find that the CD ROM drive comes with a 'basic' or 'standard' connector, and then has an adapter to convert this standard connector to (eg) Dell specific. So you may be able to remove that. Or, you may be buying a 'base' CD ROM that is not laptop mfr specific.

Just some things to consider ...


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 Post subject: I'm answering my own question!
PostPosted: Wed Dec 04, 2002 5:59 pm 
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Well after many phone calls, I located these adapters in Canada for a good price. www.mlhsystems.com from Winnipeg Manitoba, they sell VIA EDEN and EPIA Motherboards, as well as Casetronic cases for mini-itx. They have the 50pin laptop CDROM drive to standard 40 pin IDE adapters required for use with the very small Casetronic case and Slim laptop drive. $14.95 CDN.

Every place I checked in the States wanted $25.00 US plus $20.00 US shipping!

Anyway, I thought I would put it out here so no one else need repeat my efforts.

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Can you give us the part number (better still, the url)? I searched the MLH systems web page, and could not find anything matching the description above - "50pin laptop CDROM drive to standard 40 pin IDE". I did find a 44 pin female to 40 pin male 2.5" IDE to 3.5" IDE drive adapter, for $10.95 CDN, part number CC2200, but I'm assuming that is quite different!


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2002 7:26 am 
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The Part is not on the website, call and ask for it by description. I should be recieving mine on Monday.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 09, 2002 12:09 pm 
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Recieved 2 connectors today and installed them, works great.
The only caveat: There does not seem to be any way to change the drive from Master to slave, although 40 Pin IDE, Power and Audio connectors are all there.


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