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Playback Adaptor For CD-ROM Drives; Pt.2

Last month, we published the circuit details of our new CD-ROM Player Adaptor and described its operation. This month, we show you how to build it.

by Mauro Grassi

To keep costs down, we’ve designed a single-sided PC board for this project. This board is coded 07112071 and measures 136 x 97mm. The complete board and the CD-ROM drives could optionally be encased in a plastic case or mini-tower computer case, along with the power supply.

Because it’s single-sided, the PC board is somewhat larger than a double-sided board would be and there are quite a few wire links that have to be installed. Before installing any parts though, it’s a good idea to inspect the PC board for hairline cracks in the tracks or shorts. Some of the tracks are very fine and quite close together, so check these carefully.

Installing the wire links

Fig.2 shows the locations of the wire links and these should all be installed first. Because some of these links are quite close together, it’s essential that they be perfectly straight so that they don’t short together.

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Fig.2: the first job in the assembly is to install all the wire links as shown here. Make sure that these links are straight, to prevent shorts - see text.

The best way to straighten the link wire is to stretch it slightly by clamping one end in a vice and pulling on the other end using a pair of pliers. Each wire link can then be cut to length and its ends bent down at right-angles using needle-nose pliers before mounting it on the PC board.

Once you’ve completed this task, you’re ready to install the remaining parts. Fig.3 shows the parts layout on the board.

Start with the resistors, taking care to ensure that the correct value is used at each location. Table 1 shows the resistor colour codes but it’s also a good idea to check each one using a digital multimeter before soldering it to the PC board.

Next, solder in protection diode D1, making sure that it is oriented correctly, then install the small tactile switch (S3). The latter only fits correctly if it is the right way around.

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