So my Itronix XR-1 arrived today....

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  1. chingon

    chingon Notebook Guru

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    It's a weird animal. But one question I have right now is:

    Will a laptop not recognize an optical drive if it's set as slave/master? I don't see any IDE settings on the BIOS and the drive I'm trying to install came from an external USB unit (would it be set as slave in this case?). I remember reading something about soldering some contact points to make a drive work in the toughbook and wonder if it's the same deal here. The drive gets no power either, so no blinking light or anything. HDD is on a SATA channel BTW.


    A more thorough review will come later I suppose.
     
  2. Alex

    Alex Super Moderator

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    Thats an issue
    In toughbooks ,even if it has the wrong Master/or slave settings ,the drive is powered
     
  3. chingon

    chingon Notebook Guru

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    I thought so too, the fact that the channel's not present in the BIOS kind of worried me as well, however device manager shows it as working and present :confused:
     
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    chingon Notebook Guru

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    UPDATE:
    Ok, I tried another drive (This one came from a toughbook caddy (set master from the factory right?) Same thing, no power. I checked the device manager once more and it lists IDE/ATA ATAPI conrollers as ATA chan 0 and ATA chan 1. Now the cd drive is clearly IDE connector and not ATA, so I'm wondering either:

    The mobo has 2nd ATA channel converted to IDE connector (makes no sense, why not just use an ATA optical drive to begin with?)<-Anyone ever seen this done?
    or
    There's a 2ndary free ATA channel, and IDE channel(s) is dead and thus not being show in the device manager.

    At this point is looking like the latter one. :(
     
  5. chingon

    chingon Notebook Guru

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    Wow, this laptop is the most un-serviceable thing ever. I've tried to crack it open twice now, and the 2nd times @ 50 screws off I still couldn't part it in half. I'm trying to see if the drive is making contact w/the port...

    I still don't want to give up on it yet, for the motherboard takes 4 gigs of ram, the hd is sata, and I'm pretty sure the processor can be upgraded to a t7600 2.3 ghz.
     
  6. Azrial

    Azrial Notebook Deity

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    There are Yahoo Groups for Itronix Laptop computers such as the Itronix GoBook or Itronix Cross Country or Itronix XC 6250.

    Here's a link to the Itronix Gobook Forum:

    ItronixGoBook : ItronixGoBook

    Perhaps they can help you.
     
  7. OperationDinnerOut

    OperationDinnerOut Notebook Consultant

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    Keep in mind that an optical drive receiving no power will probably not show up in any sort of device list - the data connection alone will not power the drive's electronics.

    You'll need to sort out the power issue before going any further.
     
  8. chingon

    chingon Notebook Guru

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    Thanks Azrial, that's another thing about this piece, lack of info...

    The slim drive has IDE and power in the same plug am I not right? From the two drives I dismantled here, I don't see a power connector, but both having the ATAPI port only.

    As such:
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  9. Alex

    Alex Super Moderator

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    Power on the Atapi

    38 +5V - + 5 volts power
    39 +5V - + 5 volts power
    40 +5V - + 5 volts power
    41 +5V - + 5 volts power
    42 +5V - + 5 volts power
    43 GND - Ground
    44 GND - Ground
    45 GND - Ground
    46 GND - Ground
     
  10. chingon

    chingon Notebook Guru

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    thank you....now if only I could get to those pins.....sight.
     
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