DVD Drive pinouts?

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players & Recorders' started by Ronnie101, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. Ronnie101

    Ronnie101
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    I have a Toshiba RD-XS30 which uses a Matsush*ta (ie JVC/Panasonic) DVD RAM drive, which is showing the standard fault of most Panasonic DVD recorders of that age of failing to record DVD-RAM disks after the machine is about 2 years old.

    I have a working DVD-RAM drive from a JVC DVD recorder, but it uses the standard back end connector used in PCs - the 40-pin IDE/ATA connector. The Panasonic drives use a 40-pin ribbon cable coming out of the side of the drive.

    The IDE/ATA connector pinout can be found at http://www.interfacebus.com/Design_Connector_IDE.html but does anyone know where I can find the pin-out of the Panasonic drives, to make an adaptor with?
     
  2. PhilipL

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    Hi

    It may not work anyway, if they are anything like the Pioneer's it may need a service remote control or software disc in order to register the drive for use with CPRM.

    I have the pinouts for a Pioneer recorder, they are likely the same, will look them out.

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    One other thing I thought of was that the Hard Disk drive in the RD-XS30 uses the standard IDE connector and cable - so I wondered if I might be able to replace the 2-connector cable with a 3-connector cable from a PC and run the DVD drive off the same cable as the HDD, like you can do Master/Slave drives on a PC.

    It would largely depend on whether Toshiba reinvented the wheel by making their own circuitry or whether they just used standard PC chips.
     

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