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adapter  for 50 pin cd rom

Posted on 2002-07-25
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I just bought a Toshiba 50 pin cd rom, my computer had a 40 pin ide cable. Is there such thing as an adapter for this or am I out of luck. My PC does not have a 50 pin slot on it anywhere.
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by:SysExpert
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50 Pin CD is SCSI, you need a SCSI controller for this.
Thre is no other solution, unless you can swap it for an IDE version.

I hope this helps !
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by:plonergan
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What is an SCSI controller, and can I use it on my pc?
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I suggest that you return this SCSI CD drive in favor of an IDE model.  SCSI is really only useful when you already have a SCSI controller in your PC and most desktop/home computer DO NOT have SCSI.

If you must keep it, an nice SCSI controller can be had for about US$100 or so.  I prefer Adaptec but other brands are available.  Any well stocked computer store should be able to fix you up with one.
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by:plonergan
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Thanks, but the drive only cost 15.00 on ebay. I should have checked to make sure the pins were the same. I am new to this pc fix-it-yourself stuff. Oh well, live and learn. Thanks for the quick response and info.
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