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Old 13 October 2009, 19:56   #1
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My take on A1200 Slim CDROM Mod

Hi, It took me a while, but I was able to do it, Slim CDROM mod for my A1200.
I did this because I was tired to have an external CDROM drive attached to A1200. It was CD-XDS Dataflyer External CDROM Chassis. But now...YEAH.

Parts needed:
1 Slim Atapi CDROM
1 IDE Adapter, 40pin to SLIM CDROM
1 IDEFIX adapter from Amigakit
1 Extra Floppy Power cable, I have soldered the wires to existing floppy cable, basically I made a "Y" power splitter
1 40 pin IDE cable
2 44 pin IDE cables, one comes with system, other comes with IDEFIX

As you can see, I'm using the flash-IDE adapter with 4GB Seagate Microdrive. I'm using the microdrive instead flash. The MD is set to Master and the CDROM is slave, set by factory.

I installed the CD Drive in the middle, because there was no space for it on the left side, IDEFIX occupied the space.

Anyway here are some pics showing how I did it.
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Old 13 October 2009, 19:58   #2
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Nice clean mod
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Old 13 October 2009, 20:17   #3
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Excellent job - and great pictures... it looks like you have given this a lot of thought in your planning stage and that has paid off.. nice mod mate!

Always a relief to see an A1200 casing cut well... there are some rough cutters about.
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Old 13 October 2009, 21:07   #4
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Old 13 October 2009, 21:09   #5
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Hi, Thanx for the comments, the planning took few month, the delivery took few weeks, and assembly took few hours. I used Dremel cutting tool, then Utility knife and sand paper.

The one thing that I would like to do is to screw somehow the CDROM to the bottom of the chassis. I'm not sure how yet, but so far the fit is good.
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Old 13 October 2009, 23:22   #6
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@amiman99

Now thats a mod comming along very nicely =)

you may need to raise the Optical Drive about 2mm as the lip of the bottom chassis will likely catch the ROM tray as it closes / open's

For securing to the chassis theres a couple of methods that might help,

Remeber thos HUGE LONG rubber erasers ?, you can use these in conjunction with screws or super glue (please not the latter with change the structure of the rubber making it rigid as rock)

The reason I used rubber stand offs in my A600+ project as as ROM holder, was that its very easy to work with, and if you need strength you can use a little super glue to turn the rubber into a very hard mounting surface.

what ever you do, best of luck and I truly look forward to the pictures.
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Old 13 October 2009, 23:30   #7
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How about self-adhesive Velcro stuck to the drive and the underside of the keyboard? That would allow for a range of adjustment to get the fit just right, whilst allowing the for drive to be easily removed for any reason.
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Old 13 October 2009, 23:41   #8
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Very nice! That's far better than what I can do, for sure.
Been thinking of this mod, but I'll end up destroying the whole case...
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Old 13 October 2009, 23:57   #9
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Very nice! That's far better than what I can do, for sure.
Been thinking of this mod, but I'll end up destroying the whole case...
This is why I purchased additional case before modding, I did not know how it will turn out. I know it's overkill to buy new/used case, but it's better to be safe then sorry.
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There is one more thing that is not working, the HD LED is not flashing when the CF-Microdrive or the CDROM is in use.
Is there a way to make it work?
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@animan99

most SFF ROMS are set to CS (cable select) by default, you can either modify the drive, (needs a soldering iron) or set the hard disk to Cable Select (CS)

The other way around this is to use a seperate IDE channel on the buffered interface for each device.
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Looks like the one I was working on - strangely enough we've picked exactly the same spot for the slim DVD drive.

Though yours looks better than mine! Well executed.

May I suggest http://www.whsmith.co.uk/CatalogAndS...90006913.html# to solve your fixing woes?


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I was thinking to use EPOXY and glue some stand-offs and then screw from the bottom, but I think I will leave it for now like it is.
My A600 is itching to get a CDROM also, but I'm not sure if I needed, the CF card works fine.
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Hi, It took me a while, but I was able to do it, Slim CDROM mod for my A1200.
I did this because I was tired to have an external CDROM drive attached to A1200. It was CD-XDS Dataflyer External CDROM Chassis. But now...YEAH.

Parts needed:
1 Slim Atapi CDROM
1 IDE Adapter, 40pin to SLIM CDROM
1 IDEFIX adapter from Amigakit
1 Extra Floppy Power cable, I have soldered the wires to existing floppy cable, basically I made a "Y" power splitter
1 40 pin IDE cable
2 44 pin IDE cables, one comes with system, other comes with IDEFIX

As you can see, I'm using the flash-IDE adapter with 4GB Seagate Microdrive. I'm using the microdrive instead flash. The MD is set to Master and the CDROM is slave, set by factory.

I installed the CD Drive in the middle, because there was no space for it on the left side, IDEFIX occupied the space.

Anyway here are some pics showing how I did it.
Where did you find the cd-rom adapter?
I'm trying to do the same mod with a few diferences but i can't find an adapter for my cd-rom like your's. I've got one with a 50 pin ide cable without power, i need one with a 40 or 44 pin and a power connector.
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try these

http://www.google.co.uk/products?hl=...ed=0CBwQrQQwAg
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Thank's, meanwhile i found a store here in Portugal that sells this adapters.
Thank's anyway.
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Old 25 February 2010, 19:25   #17
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Neat.

But CD-ROMs are sooo 1995...
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Old 25 February 2010, 20:30   #18
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totally agree with you Photon, think of getting something a bit more solid state
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For playing CD32 & CDTV titles I still prefer an old school CD unit.

For anything else, PCMCIA SD/MMC/XD/MS/CF reader or Ethernet (wifi included).
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There are some another ways to access a CDROM's without taking a knife to your case.

One way is to access the CDROM drive of a PC over a wireless network using a wireless PCMCIA card and EasyNet. I've never got this to work but I've spoken to people that have.

Another is getting a SCSI kit and mounting the connector in your spare slot (next to the floppy drive), this will allow you to plug in an externally powered CDROM drive into your Miggy (much neater than the usual SCSI PCMCIA solution).

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