View Full Version : External IDE CD Writers

10-04-2004, 01:58 PM
Further to my last post ...

What port do External Cd Writers connect to ? That is other than USB.

My laptop has both parallel and a 9 pin serial. Would either of those ports be suitable?

10-04-2004, 02:06 PM
no. they are simply to slow. either usb or firewire. usb2 is prefered.

10-04-2004, 02:33 PM
OK tweak'e, fully understand that. Speed is not important on this occasion as the external writer will be used only a couple of times.

So what port do they connect to ? :-)

10-04-2004, 02:37 PM
>So what port do they connect to ?


either usb (usb2 prefered) or firewire (if you can find one).

10-04-2004, 02:43 PM
How old is your laptop? If less than a couple of years then it will have a USB port that the CD writer can be used with. Note that if the USB port is not version USB 2 then the writer may not work as the connection will not be fast enough.

Graham L
10-04-2004, 03:03 PM
I doubt if you would get a new CD writer with a parallel port connection. About 100 kB/s is the maximum ... so that might handle a 4X writer. Serial ports are just too slow. USB 1.1 with a maximum of 12 Mb/s would be "fast enough" to be useful. USB 2.0 or FireWire will eat it.

I've got a 10 Mb/s Ethernet adaptor which fits on a parallel port. That works, but it's slow. Very useful when it's needed though. ;-)