[Chugalug] Disks without power?

Phil Sieg phil.sieg at gmail.com
Fri Aug 2 04:08:15 UTC 2013


All the J400's I saw when looking this up have a floppy and CD rom, the floppy power connector is what you want to power a CF to IDE connector. I think these boxes use a power brick like a laptop, but still use standard connections internally to the drives.

Also if they are using a "flash drive" in the IDE connector tit DEFINITELY has power on the standard IDE pin (I think PIN 20) If it has a 44 pin connector it has to have +5v on PINS 41 & 42.

If there is no PIN in pin 20 (BLANK) then there likely is no power, steal some from the floppy.

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On Aug 1, 2013, at 11:00 PM, "Alex Smith (K4RNT)" <shadowhunter at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm trying to convert some Wyse WinTerm J400 thin clients to firewalls, using pfSense, and have a problem.
> The system is a low-power device, and doesn't have any internal disk power connectors. The device I had planned on using is a CompactFlash to IDE adapter and an 8GB CompactFlash card. However, it requires a power connector.
> Does anyone have any recommendations on what I could use for a memory card that does not require additional power?
> Please let me know - I was inspired by Phil Sieg's thin client firewall conversions I got while I was in Chattanooga.
> Thanks in advance!
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