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Malabooboo
02-07-2003, 01:03 AM
have any of you guys tried it?

I dont' really want to cut up my ribbon cables, and I saw these for sale on directron. I could easily make these--what do you guys think of these?

http://directron.com/bootless.html

(can I use a hair dryer to shrink heatshrink tubing?)

The__tweaker
02-07-2003, 01:21 AM
Hmm, will a hairdryer get it hot enough :?:

You could always use a hot air pistol, or whatever they are called in english, they are great and is used to hot up carpets, melting ice, fixing frozen locks etc...

Just be careful not to damage the ide cable inside the heatshrink tubing.

:cheers:

Malabooboo
02-07-2003, 01:27 AM
yeah, I don't know...I've never used heat shrink tubing before

can you damage ide cables with heat?

man, maybe I shoudln't be such a cheapskate and just buy some rounded cables...

The__tweaker
02-07-2003, 02:01 AM
I agree, they aren't to expensive anyway...

:cheers:

Malabooboo
02-07-2003, 02:26 AM
not as inexpensive as heat shrink tubing or electric tape :D

minibubba
02-07-2003, 04:36 AM
I've used a min-blow torch

just get the flame close enough to heat it up, but not too close

The__tweaker
02-07-2003, 05:03 AM
That's true man!

:cheers:

minibubba
02-07-2003, 05:04 AM
it'll work a hell of a lot better than a hair-dryer :thumb:

TOXIC
02-07-2003, 05:36 AM
Dont be such a cheap skate :P rounded cables arent even that expensive these days :) plus if you bugger your cables up then you have to buy more, remember time is money :)

Malabooboo
02-07-2003, 05:46 AM
they're really cheap on compgeeks.com!

http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=R24133-CLR

anyone know of a better price?

//alias
02-07-2003, 05:19 PM
hehe. when i first saw rounded cables i tried doing it.
i got some spare ide cables and started the split in the groove and peeled it down. i stikky taped it up and tried it out.
it didnt work but that may have just been my shoddy craftmanship, i really wasnt going on quality more on time....

pc case gear has some selling for $18AUD ($9USD) for 60 cm ones so thats not a bad price.

//alias

//alias
02-07-2003, 05:21 PM
whoa! the ones at Comp Geeks are ****eloads cheaper!

//alias

Onyx
02-07-2003, 05:48 PM
Nah, mod your own - then when you screw it up, go buy the proper rounded cable. :)

Malabooboo
02-08-2003, 12:01 AM
so are you saying I need to try modding my own and fail just everyone else before shelling out the cash and buying real ones? :rolleyes:

Wordbiker
02-08-2003, 12:40 AM
http://www.heatsinkstore.com/index.html
The cheapest I've found are here...;)

Mr. C
02-08-2003, 10:17 AM
so are you saying I need to try modding my own and fail just everyone else before shelling out the cash and buying real ones? :rolleyes:

Who failed:?:
My homemade rounded cables work great.
OK, not as pretty -- but they transfer data as good as any.

Wiggo
02-08-2003, 10:55 AM
I think that he's worried about the look thru his window. ;)

Go get the pre-done ones as ya can get them in any length to suit most setups (I use a 12" one for my HDD/s and an 18" one for the ROM drives) but be warned that ones longer than 18" can cause probs as they are "out of spec" cables. :devil win
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Malabooboo
02-08-2003, 08:20 PM
it's all about the look... :D

so the signal degrades after 18" or so?

Wiggo
02-08-2003, 08:48 PM
Yes and that's why the standard was set at 18". ;)

:beer: :beer: :beer:

Malabooboo
02-13-2003, 07:40 AM
got 'em a my local computer show last weekend.

LOTS more room!

I'll post pics soon...

it'll be nice once serial ATA gets more popular though

AlienBlood
02-24-2003, 12:25 AM
I never had a problem with making my own....split them, wrap em with electrical tape, and get a length of wire loom from your local auto parts store....works great, looks better. my 2 cents

Morgan_Lander
03-03-2003, 09:03 PM
Actually, I have a neat little way to do rounded IDE cables w/o cutting them or using electrical tape. All you need is some split loom tubing (can be had at car stores) and <strike>some</strike> a lot of pull ties. Do a W fold on the IDE lengths (do one section at a time) and then slip the tubing over the cable. Now start at one end of the section and work in one direction from their using the pull ties every so often. For the shorter length on the IDE part 2-3 is usually good enough; for the longer section, 5-6 is what you wanna use.