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Old 07 September 2007, 11:38   #1
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Vaio CD-ROM interface PC Card

Hi there

I have one of these:


Its a Cdrom drive for a viao laptop. Model is PCGA-CD51.

I was wondering if I could attach this to the side of my A1200 and it would work with some driver?

Many Thanks for any help

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Old 07 September 2007, 11:52   #2
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Hello there and a big welcome to the EAB!, i am sure you will like it here.

I do like your idea, but there is a problem with it i am afraid. firstly All of the CDROM PCMCIA cards that I know of are 5volt PC Cards or Cardbus, both of these are electrically incompatible with the a600 / a1200 PCMCIA.

There are many other ways to add a CDROM to you amiga, either using a Squirrel SCSI (PCMCIA) there are some that are available to run under a PARALLEL arrangement, there are some on these boards here that have managed that.

But my favourite 2 methods involve a little bit of work

When i had my A1200 originall I converted a 50pin SCSI Cable for use with IDE (keeping the cable under a meter is critical) as it was only 2.5 foot, to a self powered midi / micro tower it was all good

The other method i adore is build laptop CD/DVD optical devices INTO the chassis there are many whom have done this. so check this thread.


and these too


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Old 07 September 2007, 14:46   #3
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If it's an IDE PCMCIA card, then there might be a driver available, but if it's custom, then probably not.
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Old 07 September 2007, 19:02   #4
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"New" PC-Card connectors don't even fit into the slot. You need "old" PCMCIA cards.
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Old 07 September 2007, 20:26   #5
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It looked 16-bit judging by the picture..
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