Introduction: Add a Play/skip Button to Your Standalone CD-ROM Drive

If you want to make a CD player from an old CD-ROM drive (view here) but the drive you have doesn't have a PLAY/SKIP button on the front.....Dont dispair, you can add one to most Cd drives,>>>> read on

Step 1: Tools N Stuff

Soldering iron + solder
PH Screwdriver
Wire cutters

CD-Rom Drive (CD Burner wont work, ideally a spare that has no intention of being used again)
Small wire
push button to use as PLAY/SKIP switch

Step 2: Openning the Drive

**All drives vary in different ways so removing covers could be different.**
before uncliping the faceplate, eject the drive and remove the case so you can see the bottom and front of the drive
on the front of the drive next to the eject button there shoud be a place where a play button would sit (very strange, I know . . .) on mine PLAY was written on the board, there may be more than one spot so play around until you find the right one

Step 3: Soldering

Now, my soldering skills aren't crash hot so i soldered to wires onto the first two contacts, (see blurry pic #1).


I then connected a small reset button of a computer two the wires (see not so blurry pic #2). if your soldering skills are better than mine you may like to attach a similar button directly onto the board.

Step 4: Testing

Now to see if your drive works insert a CD and don your headphones. press PLAY/SKIP button once to start playing. press again to Skip to next track. Press EJECT to stop and press again to eject the disk (kinda like an old tape player, ahhh memories.....)

Your Over sized Diskman is complete!!!

this CD drive has been a great addition to the shed. FYI the car stereo's CD drive IS busted.

Chris Kelly 2008


Disco+Makberto made it!(author)2013-04-03

Hi kellster_deluxe & readers! Like jerckov, I am also really interested in knowing if it is possible to add a "go back" button. Many years ago I asked this same question on Usenet, but I just got sort of "maybe" or "I think so" answers but nothing specific. Thanks! Carlos Albert

jerckov made it!(author)2013-02-07

hi, I know that this is a really old post, but, you know if I can make a "go back" button ? already messed around but didn't found it

ondrikczech made it!(author)2012-08-24

hi,i cant find play pins.plese leave me message

tommah04 made it!(author)2009-10-27

could you do something like this but only with a dvd player?

djn8o made it!(author)2012-02-06

no you couldn't, there is no video out, if the pcb has the spot for a play button you could use the audio output on the back, but you would only be able to play cd's

ham91185 made it!(author)2011-07-02

this was so helpful that i made one myself :) thanx

Computothought made it!(author)2010-02-21

This I want to try!  probably use a old at ps to test though.

twitsl made it!(author)2010-01-31

I had a cd reader and a cd burner the cd reader didn't have connections but the writer did.

Boxcarcrzy12 made it!(author)2008-12-05

Is there anyway to do this, accept to add a headphone jack? Awesome tutorial.

kellster_deluxe made it!(author)2009-06-02

mmm perhaps, idk, there is a line out on the back of the drive, try mucking around with that (y)

twocvbloke made it!(author)2009-06-14

Line out to the radio, headphone socket for, well, headphones. easy... :)

lunasspeedchicken made it!(author)2009-10-25

please tech me how to do it.

moep made it!(author)2009-08-18

Any particular reason I can't use a cd burner? It's an older burner I never want to use again. Will it just plain not work with a burner or were you just worried about people ruining a perfect good one?

dvdragond2 made it!(author)2009-08-25

Hey Im Kind Of new But i actually modded one of my CdRom Drives and it was a burner. so yeah, umm i think that you might need to just keep the psu connected to it, otherwise that burner must have been dodgy

rac made it!(author)2008-08-19

i figured out where the play button 'n my old drive goes by clipping two alligator wires to the solder tabs then connecting the other ends together to see if it worked

kellster_deluxe made it!(author)2009-06-02

yup, yup, same way I did it

ziptang made it!(author)2009-06-02

Are you powering the car stereo with the power supply as well?? For if this complete set up worked, take a sheet of plywood and make a juke box out of it!!!

kellster_deluxe made it!(author)2009-06-02

yeah Id love too but atm Im kinda lacking in time, final year in highschool D:

livesteamfan made it!(author)2008-08-12

If I could get the right voltages, cuold I run this off of a battery? (My PSU has started to smoke and I don't want to buy a new one, but amazingly, it still works)

kellster_deluxe made it!(author)2008-08-12

sure! you could even run it from two plug packs of different voltages.

livesteamfan made it!(author)2008-08-12

Cool! I'll post back if I can make it work. Also, how long do you think batteries would last?

tin701 made it!(author)2008-08-12


mikeasaurus made it!(author)2008-06-08

I like this instructable because it's just messing around. I also like how this instructable makes about as much sense as souping up a Plymouth Sundance with some sick rims and a loud exhaust.

mrbob1000 made it!(author)2008-06-08

man... that is awesome! i remember using old drives for this. i always wanted to make a power supply for one of these.

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