I am no electronics geek or whatsoever. However, I have this to propose. Will it be possible to use an external CD or harddisk case with a slight modification produce a +19VDC as a power supply for the IO as well as an external 5 1/4 harddrive + CDROM? I am sure that an external CD or harddisk case can cost as little as $20.
An external case such as you propose, can supply power for a 3.5" drive and a full-size cdrom. I've done it just like that. However, for the 19v source for the I-Opener....it's easier to just use the standard I-Opener power supply. The whole system will run fine with the two different power sources.
chkbone: Ditto. However, I was thinking to only have one power cord instead of using two. So, if I attached an external case, not only I can spend less money for the harddrive (and get a free 50X CDROM after the rebates), I will not be needing the original power adaptor if it is possible to make the external case to supply a +19VDC to the IO. Just a thought.
That's just a slang term for a power supply that plugs directly into an outlet. Since you will have an external IDE cable going to the external box, it would be no big deal to run the power supply cord along with the cable. IDE specs call for an 18" max cable length....mine is 25". Others have had good results with a cable as long as 6 feet(!). I think that's pushing your luck.
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