On Tue, Jun 06, 2000 at 05:15:47PM +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
> i'm confused too...
>> i thought it was a 40 way connection no matter what, but with 2 lines per
> connector somehow? (ie the 80 way cable must have a small amount of
> circuitry in the connector?)
>> love to know the definitive answer.
Oh bugger it, I should have asked Google in the first place :-) Mind you, it
took a little looking (4th page of results for "ATA66 cable description")
but I eventually found this on Western Digital's site
http://www.wdc.com/products/drives/drivers-ed/ata66tp.html where it says
that an ATA66 cable has 40 connectors at each end, but an 80 conductor
cable, interleaving an extra ground line between every pair of existing
lines, which is of course a big crosstalk win. Presumably these ground lines
are connected to ground inside the connectors somehow. I did also read on
another site that one end of an ATA66 cable is bright blue and that it is
essential that this end is plugged into the controller/motherboard and NOT
So that's it - I hope you're all happy - I know I am - now I just have to
buy a couple of the new Maxtor 15GB per platter drives (available with up to
4 platters) and have a play.
Maintained by the ILUG website team. The aim of Linux.ie is to
support and help commercial and private users of Linux in Ireland. You can
display ILUG news in your own webpages, read backend
information to find out how. Networking services kindly provided by HEAnet, server kindly donated by
Dell. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds,
used with permission. No penguins were harmed in the production or maintenance
of this highly praised website. Looking for the
Indian Linux Users' Group? Try here. If you've read all this and aren't a lawyer: you should be!