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Old 12th December, 2007, 05:58 PM
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Old 12th December, 2007, 06:02 PM
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not bad, but shipping is going to kill me. I'm going to search for one in the USA. Does anyone know a good retail store that sells adapters?
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Old 12th December, 2007, 08:23 PM
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Newegg.com - KINAMAX ADP-IDE23 Laptop 2.5" to Desktop 3.5" IDE Hard Drive Adapter Converter - Retail


Newegg.com - Rosewill RCW-616 Laptop 2.5" to Desktop 3.5" IDE Hard Drive Adapter Converter - Retail
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Old 12th December, 2007, 11:14 PM
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Those won't work for PATA DVD slim drives because they don't have the same port as a 2.5 hard-drive.
I saw those too on new egg.
If the DVD drive had that 40 pin port then the adapter would be perfect, but you know how the drive is supposed to slide in the laptop and plug right in without cables...
Thanks for looking though
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Old 13th December, 2007, 03:28 PM
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This seems to be quite the pickle....

If I run across something I will post it up....
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Old 13th December, 2007, 03:52 PM
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Thanks Samuknow. I'm in no hurry so don't loose any sleep over this.
There may be a better way anyways...
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Old 13th December, 2007, 11:41 PM
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The adapter I posted is meant to work with the laptop kind of IDE drive. Look at the pictures.
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yep, thats exactly what I want.
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Old 19th December, 2007, 04:05 PM
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I found a perfect fit and it in the USA. This adapter will connect an ATAPI slim DVD device to a 50 pin IDE connector on a motherboard. Its only $7.00 too.

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The only thing that worries me is it says
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for converting a notebook CD-Rom drive, CDRW or DVD drive with a 50-pin connector to a desktop enhanced IDE 40-pin connector
Is the 50 pin connection an ATAPI port for slim DVD drives like this one?
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Old 19th December, 2007, 04:07 PM
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Otherwise I could use this one but it converts the ATAPI port to a 2.5 IDE (I think is 40 pin) port and just get an adapter for a regular motherboard IDE port.

Slim DVD adapter
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Old 19th December, 2007, 05:52 PM
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The 2.5" ATAPI connector is a 44 pin connector, which provides power and interface on the same one cable. Unless you've got a 44pin IDE connectors already, the first one looks to be a better choice. Otherwise, you'll also need a 44pin to 40 pin IDE and power connector converter.

I believe that the 5he 50 pin JAE connector provides IDE (40pins), Audio (4pins) and power (4pins) and master/slave indication.
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Old 19th December, 2007, 06:01 PM
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Great then I'll go with the adapter that has the 50pin connection. That should work with my motherboard IDE port.

Turns out I'm going to build two of these so I'll need to purchase two of everything. Then I'll mod the slim DVD to fit in the 3.5 floppy slot and it should work.
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I did a test and built one of the BTX computers without the video card.
I've got an Intel 3.0 Ghz Dual Core CPU, 2 Gig DDR2 667 RAM, Western Digital 120 Gig hard-drive and Sony DVD Rom all powered by the original Aopen BTX 250 watt power supply. It works fine with Fedora 8 and the onboard video.
I'm still debating how I'm going to have the power for a GeForce 8600 GT.
I'm still eyeing the Thermaltake 5.25 power supply but its getting pricey with the RAM & Video card purchase. But what other choice do I have?
The GeForce 8600GT requires at least a 300 watt power supply.
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The 8600GT doesn't have an external power connector, you couldn't power it with the TT 5.25 psu even if you wanted to.
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Thats True. I was planning to use one PS for the mainboard/CPU and the other for Hard-drive, Optical.
But if the 8600 gets power from the motherboard, then I may be in trouble.
So you think I should mod in a 400watt power supply and trash the Aopen PS?
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Is it a micro ATX psu that you need?
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Old 16th April, 2008, 11:07 PM
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Maybe. Only if it will fit the Aopen case or I can mod it into the Aopen case. I need a PS that is at least 400watts.
Here is the case:
Aopen
You can see the tiny PS in some of the pictures. Its actually a cool case but not really made for gaming. There is hardly any room for a video card or any extra fans. I'm a little worried about cooling but I'm willing to try anything.
I don't mind modding a power supply into it, but the costs is whats going to hurt me.
I found a good 400watt Power Supply for servers that could fit but it still costs $80 or so.
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If it wasn't for the way the PSU goes over the IO plate, you might be able to mode one to fit.

Is it a rectangle?

Can you measure it?
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Nope its not a rectangle. thats what totally sucks. this case is so compact that I would have to use an external powersupply.
Here is the Aopen PS
Aopen 275 watt
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yeah, interesting and a pain. I would never have to mess with it if I didn't get it for free. I'm almost thinking of building some office workstations out of them and selling them to build one decent gaming machine.
Looking at all the posts on here, this is your best choice/option...IMO.
That's unless you are determined now to do this...but from what I've read it's too much of a PITA. They would be good Workstations though.
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