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Since i put the HTPC in a nearby coat closet to solve the noise issue, i have gotten tired of opening the door to insert DVDs. Anyone have an external DVD drive that i could put about 6 feet from the HTPC. I assume Firewire would be a requirment to get the throughput that DVD requires, but i see a lot of PCMCIA card drives as well. I found a Pyro 1394 case and card for $129. Is it better to buy a case and install an IDE DVD drive, or purchase a "real" external DVD drive. If anyone is using an external drive, has any performance issues come up?


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I have no experience with IEEE1394 external

drives, but I use an external SCSI DVD with

complete success (Pioneer 303S slot-load 6x RPC-1

in a salvaged external SCSI CD-ROM case--if you

use an old case be sure the power and cooling are

suitable). SCSI DVD drives are pretty easy to

come by, and SCSI controller cards are readily

available (you won't need a very fancy one--get

one with an LSI-'8XX (formerly Symbios)

does-it-all chip; Windoze has drivers on the CD).


A six-foot SCSI cable is no problem. If you keep

the SCSI bus speed down to 5MHz (SCSI-I, max

40 Mbit/sec, more than fast enough for DVD--

especially if you leave your hard drive on IDE)

you can use up to 18' of standard cable (quality

cable, with active terminators at both ends).

You can buy LVD SCSI equipment to run up to 75'

at 20MHz but that will cost a lot more.
 
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