My ZRH516 is refusing to play commercially pressed dvds. It gives an "unknown disc" error. Recording seems to be fine. Is this a sign the dvd drive is going bad? Would there be an issue with swapping it out for a new drive of the same brand?
I just picked up two LRH-539's from CL's but neither one has a hard drive and , worse, neither have the ribbon cable to the main board!
The main board (marked RH7000) has two "flexibleflat cable" (ffc), 40 pin connectors (20 mm wide each). One (J603) runs a ribbon cable to the media card slots (I guess) and the other (J602) would run to the IDE drive. The drive's power is a standard molex connector. The data ffc ribbon must somehow convert to the standard IDE 40 pin "bar".
I am hoping that the ffc connector would be the same as in a laptop so I could find one fairly easily and then maybe add a 2.5 hdd to 3.5 hdd adaptor to use a normal hdd.
Since I don't know if the units will even work once I can connect a hdd, I am hoping to find an inexpensive replacement for at least one of these drive cables for testing. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
Sorry, I can't offer any help for you, but I would be very interested in knowing whether the flexi-strip is a standard notebook one, because that may open the option of using SATA drives, which would make things easier for attaching the HDD externally..
On my LRH-780, the flexi-strip connects to an IDE circuit-board/adaptor thing, which then connects to the HDD. There's no card reader on my machine, but you're probably correct assuming that that is what the other flexi-strip is for.
Rabbit, thank you for th input and the link. I checked that part out and ended up spending too much time on that website and now have a huge "wishlist" with them!
I don't know much about pin outs but I guessing I could not just plug the pictured adaptor with a ffc ribbon into the main board, then plug the machine's molex power directly into a HDD and then connect the drive to the adaptor board with a standard IDE ribbon cable.
Maybe some kind of cross-over cable would be needed/available?? Maybe I could use this adaptor board and a standard IDE ribbon and solder them together--which, now that I think of it, would be the same thing as plugging the ribbon in...so, maybe, it could work "out of the box".
The power connector on the board has me wondering though--this adaptor is meant to pretend to be the back of an IDE HDD to allow something (connected with ffc) to act as a HDD and that something needs power (or is the power just for the adaptor itself?). If that something needs power, then the ffc ribbon must have more pins to deliver the power, no? That would make it the wrong size ffc to fit the LG's board.
Any idea what that green jumper on the adaptor would do? (master/slave drive setting?)
Since I never got a chance to see it up close, it would be nice to see a good close up of LG's adaptor board even if just to confirm it is simply adapting the ffc pin out to an IDE pin out.
Once I figure out how much of my "wish list" I want to move into my "basket", I will make sure this part is included so I can test it out.
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