CF-27, CF-28, CF-29 CD to DVD Swap Tutorial-Lots of Pictures!

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  1. Toughbook

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    Plan to spend a minimum of about $45 for a CD Rom with a caddy. Then you can take out the CD Rom, do the hack and relace it ith a DVD-RAM drive.
     
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    You can do the Mod or find a DVDRW that the Manufacturer has put out a software switch to deal with M/S Selection. I used a QSI SDW-082 DVDRW with a Csel utility from QSI to switch between M/S. I did this a couple of years ago and the drive has always worked and presently resides in a CF-28. I don't have the Utility anymore but some put out a patch that does the same thing. See this link. http://etna.rpc1.org/qsi/index.html

    SIN
     
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    sunrk Notebook Evangelist

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    Does someone has a list of drives known to be suitable for use in this mod? I can get a spare CF28 internal CD unit without much trouble, so I'd like to get this mod done then I can burn CD's directly on the system.

    Craig.
     
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    I've used Matsushi-ta UJ-850 and UJ-851 drives.

    These are 'Super-Multi' drives, CD / DVD / Re-write / DVD-RAM plus the 851 is Lightscribe capable.

    Also, the Panasonic brand comes out of Matsushi-ta factories, so I think they should be fairly compatible..

    (Remove the - for proper spelling, the forum keeps changing it to Matsua otherwise...)

    Robert.
     
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    I just successfully followed the tutorial for my C29 - Thanks for the clear instructions (and photos). Nice work!
     
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    Just to recap... If you are putting in a standard Panasonic drive... There is onlt the need of the swap... Not the soldering! I believe that if you use the Matsushi-ta UJ-850 and UJ-851 drives there is no need for the soldering.

    Can someone verify that? I've never had one of those drives to test this...
     
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    Funny you mentioning that.
    Just yesterday I was wondering the same.

    At the moment I am using a uj-850 without a jumper just for
    S & G's and all works well here. at least in a 29.

    Normally, I've always added the jumper so I can use any drive..
     
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    Alex Super Moderator

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    Well I have always used the panasonic drives
    The Mod was nessesary with the standard cd / caddys that I added dvd rw drives in
    I don't know if it was nessesary with newer dvd/cdrw drives as I have only used the standard cd caddys
    My newer cf-30 caddy required no mods

    Alex
     
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    Ah, that might be the difference.
    these last few had DVD-rom in the caddies , newer? dunno.

    Now I'm gunna have to tear it open again to check to be sure.

    edit: yep...No jumper
     
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    The jumper is never there.... The only reason you need one is is you get a non-Fujitsu drive. If you read the tutorial.... The Fujistu's are set as master from the factory whereas 99% of all others are cable select and the PC figures it out... The Toughbooks are used to assertive Drives that yell... "I AM THE MASTER!" Not the others that can go either way...

    Um... nevermind... I won't go there....
     
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