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Electronics help with motor control circuitry for cd drive

Discussion in 'Modding' started by Radical_Monkey, 28 Feb 2008.

  1. Radical_Monkey

    Radical_Monkey Dremel > Lightsabre

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    Hi, firstly id like to say this is an awesome forum! The mods are incredible and the people here seem really friendly and helpful so im glad to be a part of this community :D

    Ive been browsing these forums for a while now actually, checking out the wicked mods :thumb: and getting ideas for a new mod that I hope to begin once my 3rd year exams for uni are over in May :D. But before I can begin, as with all mods, first comes the planning. To that effect ive got most of my ideas pretty much sorted but I want to also introduce some electronics into this mod.

    Please bare in mind that this is the first time im using electronics at this level and I have next to no knowledge in this field other than what ive learnt up to year 9, which is really the basics :confused:. Heres what im hoping to do:

    Im want to put a 5.25 to 3.5 bay converter into a regular drive bay, and gut out a floppy drive and use that as a tray to slide in and out like a cd drive tray (there will be other things done but i dont want to give too much away until i start the worklog on these forums or incase it gets dropped in the end, but dont worry its going to be good [althogh i suppose thats a matter of opinion:hehe:]). The actual rails, motor and gears ive sorted but i need some kind of control circuitry so that the tray functions like a cd drive tray with an eject button. I was wondering if its possible to gut an old cd-rom drive I have and use the control circuitry from there? I tried looking on the forums for any such guide or mod but havent found one. If thats not possible how would i go about making my own one?

    Oh and this isnt the only electronics idea I have, but I like to tackle one problem at a time so there are more questions coming lol

    Any help would be greatly appreciated :)

    Radical
     
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  2. NZ_mod_man

    NZ_mod_man What's a Dremel?

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    I think this may be possible. I can't seem to find it, I don't even know if it was on this forum, I saw an HTPC scratch build in the shape of a pyramid. He use an old CD drive tray to slide open one side. Sorry I can't find the thread.
     
  3. Radical_Monkey

    Radical_Monkey Dremel > Lightsabre

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    Thanks for the reply, ill have a look for that pyramid mod. I saw it before as well, i think it was on these forums in the project logs.
     
  4. thw01f

    thw01f What's a Dremel?

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    a few years ago I did it, managed to use the cd eject motor, gearing and circuit board taken from an old drive to power drive my case door

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    hears the basic rundown on the fitout
    http://members.optusnet.com.au/~thw01f/mypic6.jpg

    need any pointers, fire away

    cheerin'
     

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