External to Internal DVD Burner

A while ago I bought an external HP LightScribe DVD burner because none of my computers had a DVD burner and I decided that it would be more useful if I bought an external burner, that way I could swap it between my desktop, laptop, and friends’ computers. My Lite-On CD burner that can only read DVD’s has always been a pain to burn CDs with in windows, and the other day it decided to stop recognizing blank CDs in Linux too. I decided to open up my HP LightScribe to see if my thought of it as just a normal 5.25in device was what it really was, and I guessed it right, so I pulled it out of its bulky case and put it in my computer. It reads and writes a lot faster now that its on IDE instead of USB 2.0, as an internal drive I’m actually satisfied with it now, as an external drive it was loud, shook, and was too easy to accidentally kick over…

Here it is stock as an external drive with a bulky case

Before: External Drive

In the case is just an IDE drive with a couple litte adapters for power and IDE to USB

Case Opened Up

The drive is shorter in length than most other drives, which is good because on my case it isn’t seen through the clear

Short Length

And here it is finally as an internal drive

After: Internal Drive

WRT54G Cooling

The other day my Linksys WRT54G finally died, my internet kept dropping and then I finally noticed that it was overheating and probably fried, I let it cool down, then I reset it ghetto style (connect pins 15 and 16 on its intel chip with a jewel screwdriver) and tftp’d the last official Linksys Firmware version to it, but it was still dead.

So the next day I bought a new WRT54G v2 (same router) and decided that it is an awesome router with all the possibilities of its firmware since it runs linux, but it has major cooling issues, so I made a solution that’s ugly, but works. Once I get the time I’ll clean it up and make a bracket for the fan to be mounted with and adapt the fan to be powered by a wall outlet.

For now I have a silent 80mm fan taped to the top of it pulling air out of the router from the holes on top of it. The fan is powered by the NeonPulse server’s PSU since the router is always next to the server anyways.

Server and Router

Router and Fan