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PERIPHERALS

Plusdeck Review
By: Rich Smith
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    2006-04-26

    Table of Contents:
  • Plusdeck Review
  • Contents and Installation
  • Installation continued
  • Get out your cassettes
  • So what is the verdict?

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    Plusdeck Review - Contents and Installation


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    Opening the box, hereís what I found:

    • Plusdeck
    • Users Manual
    • Software CD
    • Slot cover
    • 3 audio jumpers
    • 1 serial jumper
    • Ribbon cable
    • Mounting screws

    First, I must comment that this unit is very well manufactured.  It has a pleasing aesthetic look, and seems to be a solid unit.  In addition, the instruction manual is quite thick, and contains very concise and easy to follow instructions.

    Installing this unit was pretty straightforward.  I chose to install it in my Athlon 1900+ machine.  The installation consists of a few steps:

    1)      Install Plusdeck 2c into case.

    2)      Install slot cover.

    3)      Connect Plusdeck to slot cover with ribbon cable.

    4)      Connect slot cover to sound card using jumpers.

    Installing the Plusdeck into the case was no big deal.  It has the same basic dimensions as a CD or DVD drive.  In this case, I installed it directly beneath my DVD drive.  Hereís a pic of it being slid into place.

    Once I had the Plusdeck secured within the case, I attached the cables.  Here is a pic of the Plusdeck with the power cable connected, before I attached the ribbon cable.

    Next I attached the slot cover for the Plusdeck.  The Plusdeck does not include its own interface card.  It uses the standard serial and sound card interfaces in your machine to work all its magic.  Hereís a shot of the slot cover installed with the ribbon cable attached.

    Notice in the above image that not only is the slot cover locked down with the tool-less lock-downs, but I also attached a mounting screw, since it was real wobbly with just the lock-down.  I donít know if it is just the length of the slot cover, or the fact that it is not connected to an actual card, but even with the screw in place, it was still a little on the wobbly side.

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