Connecting External laptop DVD drive to a netbook

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Reaching out to all you hardware genii..... is it possible to connect an ex laptop DVD drive to a Netbook through some sort of USB to dvd drive cable arrangement...... am willing to get a soldering iron warm if necessary :)
The dvd drive in question is a Panasonic UJ-840
The Netbook is a Samsung N130
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Hi all, here is what i bought for my Acer Aspire One Netbook.
I had to wait just over 1 week for the delivery from China and its a lot neater than just the adapter.
I've tried 4 different laptop drives with it, CDRom, CDRW, DVDRom & DVDRW just to make sure it was compatible with all types of drive and all work perfectly.

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Thanks for all the suggestions guys:)
Scrappysphinx's looks like the best one to get, this is for a friend of mine I want to surprise because he's always moaning about not have a dvd drive on his netbook, and i wouldn't trust him with exposed wires and circuit boards (he's a bit of a technophobe when it comes to looking at the naked bits that make his electronic devices work;))
Thanks again
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I'm just wondering..

I've been taking apart alot of portable computers to find a slim CD drive for that adapter, but HP, Dell, Acer, IBM/Lenovo and I think it was FujitsuSiemens doesn't have a drive that matches it.

it seems it needs to be a special model for generic computers only.
has anyone else had any luck in finding a drive from a portable ?

Cheers ;-)

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for which adapter tomse?
the one i posted a link to has fitted all drives i've found
 

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there might be an extra adapter you have to take off the cd or dvd drive before you find the right one

had that happen on 2 cd drives so far from a laptop but I couldt tell you which make/brand they came out of

thanks scrappysphinx buying one of them now (y)
 

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I'm talking about the small black connector on the pcb.
thats basically the connector that is used for the CD-Slim to IDE converters I've seen.

but thats not how the connectors look like on the "newer" HP/IBM/Acer/DELL portable I've been tearing apart to scrape for parts :) (don't worry, they are all defective one way or the other)

the Slim CD that you have, can you take a picture of the connector port, then atleast I have something to verify up against.

I have been meaning to add slim cds to my 2 A1200 classics, thats ever since I saw someone here in amibay selling a such.. I was very impressed. :D

edit: @cosmicfrog not these last ones that comes a tad close to maybe be able to connect, I have some much older ones where it seems there are 2 connectors, but afair those ones wouldn't fit at all.
 

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considdering the CD connector, no.
the one you've posted is the one (of the many fabricants but basically the same) I had in mind to put inside my A1200's..

I have a few models that come close to seem like it fits, but due to how the connector should plug into, I don't see it happening because of plastic in the sides are in the way.

With a simple 4way IDE controller you can make a nice A1200 with IDE to CF adaptor, slim CD adapter (the one you posted) and a slim cd ofc :)

Almost making it a CD32 aswell ;-)
 

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The name of the adaptor is JAE. So look for a JAE connector for any CD or DVD unit.
 
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