News Raspberry Pi Zero Replaces Broken Laptop Optical Drive

neojack

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when i read the title i was like "how a pi can read cds anyway ??"

an accurate title would me more like
"Raspberry Pi Zero Fitted in Laptop Optical Drive Bay"

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"How to fit a Rasperry pi zero inside your laptop's optical drive bay"

Still, i don't understand ho he connects to the pi ? i guess the pi is configured to connect on his wifi, and he acces trough it ?
it means that when traveling he would need to bring the wifi router with him ? :D

(can't mock him, i crossed the Atlantic with my entire rig, PSU, Mobo, heatsink, fans, HDDS, GPU ahah)
 
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Hi neojack, he used the notebook to setup a Wifi hotspot, so yes he carries his access point everywhere his notebook goes.
 

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I agree, this title is misleading. From the title, I was expecting a project where the Pi Zero was EMULATING the optical drive, where one might load an .ISO to the Pi Zero, and the Pi Zero presented the .ISO as a physical CD/DVD/BRay to the host computer through its SATA port. I was excited about that prospect, especially considering it could possibly be adapted to other uses, like consoles that have failed optical drives.
 
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Rigth, that would be great. However having a raspberry Zero there with all its connectivity .. I would use the available space to buffer the Raspberry's GPIO to avoid electrical damaging of the whole system.
 

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The title was sort of misleading since it had me under the impression that a Pi could read "discs" (virtually, as a only logical option), but as I read the article, the premise became more clear.
 

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