[nSLUG] Replaced CD drive - won't boot, won't play, players don't recognize

Robert Ashley rb.ashley at gmail.com
Wed Aug 1 09:13:58 ADT 2007

Thanks for the urls, Daniel.  One of 'em would be calling the extra
plug I have dangling from the cd-drive's power cables, a "power
tap-off", e.g. to connect up another fan.


On 8/1/07, Daniel Morrison <draker at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 01/08/07, Robert Ashley <rb.ashley at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Thanks Dave. I'm right now trying to find a good web site that
> > illustrates and explains the different types and functions of various
> > cabling in the computer box.
> That's a good idea.  Things are going by way to fast here.
> You need three sets of cables to the drive.
> 1) Power cables: Large molex connector (about an inch wide) on a cable
> from the power supply to the drive.  Red, yellow, and black wires,
> relatively thick.  You know this one, it's the same for hard drives.
> 2) Data cable.  40-pin ribbon connector with 40 wires (or 80 wires on
> newer systems), usually grey, thin and flat.  Once again, you know this
> one, it's the same as for hard drives.
> 3) Analog audio cable. Small connector (about a centimeter wide) with thin
> cables, usually two black, one red and one white, sometimes blue. This is
> about the same size as a small power cable (such as the one for floppy
> drives) but the cables are thinner due to the small current.  They come in
> many lengths, and have at least 5 "different standard" connectors possible
> at the other end.  Some cables actually physically have five different
> connectors at the other end; you use the one that fits and leave the
> others hanging.  This normally plugs into your sound card, although it may
> go into your motherboard if you have onboard sound, or you may have the
> choice.
> There are three examples on this page (10th, 11th, and 12th pictures):
> http://www.smcelectronics.com/comcable.htm
> Here's another one with a gazillion different ends:
> http://www.pccables.com/05000.htm
> Hope this helps,
> -D.
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