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Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001 - 12:22 am:   

I have a Iomega Zip650 CDRW USB, that was sold originally as an external device. When I received it the drive had been removed from the external case. What I got was, in appearance a "standard" type drive drive with an IDE connector, master/slave jumpers, and audio connectors on the backside. From what I am told there was a small circuit board with an IDE (male) connector on one edge, and a USB (female) connector on the opposite edge. I did not receive this adapter with the unit. I tried plugging my IDE ribbon cable directly into the back of it, and this enables my system to recognize, and identify, the CD drive, but it doesn't "see" any CDs that are put into it. Is there any way to make this drive work without this adapter board? Other useful info about my system is :
Microstar MS-5184 Motherboard, AMD K6-2 266mhz processor, and running Win98 SE. I have an Always Tech. IN-2000 SCSI Adapter card with a Seagate 1.0 Gig SCSI HD. I have a 1 Gig Fujitsu and a 10 Gig Seagate IDE HD's attached to the MB. And I have an Intel Pro/DSL 2100 modem with a DSL connection. I really appreciate any help that anyone can provide me... Thanks, D.
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001 - 12:39 pm:   

have you installed the software?

also, if you bought it as a certain product, and it came modified, take it back, demand the rest of the package. or your money back.

shop somewhere else, if they won't, and file a complaint.
Posted on Friday, July 27, 2001 - 3:05 pm:   

The only software I found was the firmware flash update software. I tried that, as well as the flash program for the closest matching IDE internal drive that I could find, but neither of them would install because neither could locate an appropriate drive. I'm thinking that the USB software wouldn't run because it isn't connected thru the USB hub, and the IDE software wouldn't run because this was originally setup as USB so it doesn't want to install itself onto a USB drive. Also I want to mention that I'm fairly good at putting electronic circuits together, but I'm ignorant when it comes to program languages. So I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to hack the IDE flash software to bypass the "appropriate drive" check so that it will allow itself to overwrite the USB version? Or, does anyone know what the circuit (schematic) is that the adapter board consisted of? I'm not aware of any other software necessary to operate this drive, aside from that which comes with Win98... "CD Player"... if there is something else that I need please let me know.
I'm not real concerned that I might ruin the drive figuring this out because it is no good to me as it is. And I enjoy learning new things along the way. I purchased this "AsIs" at a clearance sale, so I have no recourse there.
Thanks for the suggestion, D.

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