1.    04 Apr 2016 #1
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    Bedford, Ohio
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    External DVD drive question


    I have a Dell laptop. Along with it I bought a Dell external DVD drive. The drive has about a 12"-15"cable with something I'm going to call an "inductance" clamp near one end of the cable. Some kind of large dongle which appears to be snapped over the cable. I don't see this cable being sold now. Does anyone have any idea what this clamp might be? If I have to find a replacement, I might be screwed. Can the DVD drive work with a normal cable?
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  2.    04 Apr 2016 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by milford View Post
    I have a Dell laptop. Along with it I bought a Dell external DVD drive. The drive has about a 12"-15"cable with something I'm going to call an "inductance" clamp near one end of the cable. Some kind of large dongle which appears to be snapped over the cable. I don't see this cable being sold now. Does anyone have any idea what this clamp might be? If I have to find a replacement, I might be screwed. Can the DVD drive work with a normal cable?
    Probably a ferrite suppressor to minimize the stray RF noise emitted from the cable. Perhaps it's there to achieve FCC compliance.
    If you can describe/name the connectors on each end, it would be easier to estimate what a "normal" cable is. The connecting cables for some manufacturer-branded peripherals can be proprietary, but I'd suspect it's plain ole USB here.
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  3.    04 Apr 2016 #3
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    How about "A Male" that plugs into laptop (standard flash drive type) to "Micro B" that plugs into DVD drive. (current cell phone charger type)
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  4.    04 Apr 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by milford View Post
    How about "A Male" that plugs into laptop (standard flash drive type) to "Micro B" that plugs into DVD drive. (current cell phone charger type)
    OK ... plain ole USB. Any high quality cable, generic or branded, should do it.
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