I finally got around to make a long IDE cable with two connecters; one for the hard drive and one for a cdrom and yes, the GCT will boot from the cd-rom first and HD second (the hard drive was set as master and the cd-rom as slave.
I am thinking about getting one of those external slim style cdrom cases and make an external cd-rom drive for it, it would be nicer to fix up a nice way to connect and dis-connect easy. Anyone got any ideas on this? I have an exteranl USB notebook cd-rom drive that works great, I may just use it and just use the IDE cdrom when I have the GCT open. loading the hard drive......
I was thinking about putting in a header under the little plastic piece that is held by one screw on the back. Then you wouldn't need to take the computer apart to re-install, the O/S. Just pop off the plastic piece plug in the CD and away we go.
I was looking at the CDROM on ebay that is used in the IBM thinkpad 390. It is a CD and floppy built into one unit. I'm not sure of the interface but if the floppy also is on the IDE bus and it uses a 44 pin cable you may be able to add a CD and a floppy. I have never seen one of these but it is intriguing.
I believe the IBM combo drive uses a special connecter that interfaces the floppy interface and IDE from the notebooks mainboard togather in one interface, at least that's the case in a Dell that I had at work here while back.
There was a link in a post a several months ago in the i-Opener section for a web site that had special IDE cables in that they were round and came out to the flat connecter at the ends, that would make a great external cable but I believe they only had them in the 40 pin IDE type. They were designed to for inside your desktop case to make the cables more neater and organized.
I have one of those IBM 380 CDROM drives that was used in the virgin webplayer hack on the way. From what I read it has a 50 pin connector which has 44pin IDE for the first 44 pins and and some audio I/O as the remainder of the 50 pins.
I was going to try this using a 44 pin header. It may be possible to expand the header and run the audio I/O in also or even expand it a bit more and plug in a floppy.
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