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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:50 pm    Post subject: Help me find an adapter Reply with quote

Hello, I am trying to source a ribbon cable, or make one out of various adapters. Coming out of the motherboard, is a 50 pin make socket, using all 50 pins, with a single notch. A cable plugs into the 50 pin, about 8 inches down on the cable, is another 50 pin female connection, this plugs into a CD rom drive, and finally, 8 inches down more, there is a single female 40 pin drive connector.

So the motherboard supports two devices, in this case, they configured it with a drive, and a optical drive. I want to remove the optical, and use a second drive. However, all IDE drives are 40 pin.

I need a way to convert the 50 pin motherboard socket to a 40 pin cable, that has two connectors on it, one for each drive.

I can do it in the cable, or use an adapter, I do not care. I will need about 14 inches of length between each of the 40 pin connectors.

It will look like this

motherboard (50 Pin Male) -> Cable 50 Pin Female -> Cable 40 Pin Female -> Cable 40 Pin Female.

I am sure it can be made, but I do not have the tools. I plenty of 40 pin ribbon cables, so is there is a simple 50 pin to 40 pin adapter that can sit in the mother board, that would work.

More or less, it is this cable, but with one 50 pin, and 2 40 pins on it:
http://www.cable-house.com/images/cables/internal%20cables/scsi_50_pin_ribbon_cable.jpg

Here is the motherboard and you can see the 50 pin connector:
http://www.recycledgoods.com/images/s_p_22952_1.jpg
I simply need to get that to two normal PATA IDE drives.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First I assume this logic board is out of an iMac.

Second if you referring to the IDE connector below the RAM slots, that is a normal IDE connector. A 50 pin IDE cable will work on a HD as well. I know because I've flipped cables around before to make them work. You can find what you need at any PC supply store or even a Radio Shack.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hackersmovie wrote:
First I assume this logic board is out of an iMac.

Second if you referring to the IDE connector below the RAM slots, that is a normal IDE connector. A 50 pin IDE cable will work on a HD as well. I know because I've flipped cables around before to make them work. You can find what you need at any PC supply store or even a Radio Shack.


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yes, it is an older iMac, uses the PC100 larger ram, not the smaller laptop kind, so it has a 50 pin connector on the board, that goes out to a cable to a 50 pin in the optical and then down to a 40 pin to the drive.

So, how in the heck are you getting a 50 pin female notched plastic end, into a 40 pin male drive, it is physically too wide, unless I am missing something here.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nepotism wrote:
hackersmovie wrote:
First I assume this logic board is out of an iMac.

Second if you referring to the IDE connector below the RAM slots, that is a normal IDE connector. A 50 pin IDE cable will work on a HD as well. I know because I've flipped cables around before to make them work. You can find what you need at any PC supply store or even a Radio Shack.


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yes, it is an older iMac, uses the PC100 larger ram, not the smaller laptop kind, so it has a 50 pin connector on the board, that goes out to a cable to a 50 pin in the optical and then down to a 40 pin to the drive.

So, how in the heck are you getting a 50 pin female notched plastic end, into a 40 pin male drive, it is physically too wide, unless I am missing something here.




Embarassed I misspoke there. I meant to say that a standard 40pin IDE cable should work. Are you certain that it is a 50 pin connector on the logic board? I know I read some where, long ago, of people simple pulling the optical drive and installing a second drive in the older iMacs... I just can't remember where...
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