MAKE a CD Player





Introduction: MAKE a CD Player

About: I'm a figment of my own imagination. ---- To Win the war on Terra Means to END the WORLD. How about a nice game of Chess? ---- I'm chilling, but forgive me for sometimes believing I invented everything.

I made this before we found out that music CDs from the store had viruses on them,
because I knew it was possible and suspected it was true.

I had to "fix" it today because the belt slips and the CD wouldn't come out,
which gave me an excuse to un-make and re-make it.

Although I made mine in an external drive case it is actually easier to make it inside your (PC) Box,
but then there is the danger of someone being dumb enough to play the CD in the wrong drive.

Step 1: Find Stuff...

You just need a CDROM drive, in working condition.
If it's used it may be full of dust.
The one I used I got new, but the belts got slack and it no longer ejects,
and that is why I am working on it "now".

AND... any amplified computer speakers that have their own power supply,
and volume controls... as loud as you prefer...

AND... a power supply that has the power for the CDROM drive.

AND... a box to make it in. Could be a cardboard box. Could be your PC.

Just one more thing about the drive, it should have at least 2 buttons.
Mine has "stop/eject" and"play/skip".
A drive with the Play button can play CDs without the computer.
You KNOW you have a virus if your other CD drive (only) stops playing CD's.
Follow this instructable and it will be able to play CDs again.

Step 2: Connection Options

Most IDE (or SATA?) CDROM drives have a volume control and ear phone jack in the front.
You can easily plug your amped speakers in front, but the wire gets in the way.

You must remove any IDE connector from the drive,
but make sure the power supply is connected.
(There was already a small power supply in my external drive box.)
Don't worry about whether the drive is set as a "master" or "slave". It doesn't matter.

The option I used was to mod the CD-to-soundcard cable so that it has audio jacks at the other end.
That is a line-out connection, and so the volume must be controlled by the speaker's amplifier.
You may cut up an old useless sound card leaving Only it's audio jacks. (NO mobo slot)
CLEARLY LABEL the drive and the jacks and pray that no dummies with mu-sick CDs come by.

I never did this to a SCSI drive. I think it will work, but if you try please comment on the result.

Step 3: How to Use It

Plugin, Connect and Turn on your amped speakers.
Push the eject button and put a CD in the CDROM drive.
Push the play button and hopefully you hear sound.
if not, turn up the volumes,
if not, test the drive with head phones,
if not good, try another drive from an old box.

When you get it working tidy it up and
make it look extra attractive to dummies with mu-sick CD's
that might wander around your PC.

Step 4: Other Stuff You Can Do

CD rom drives run on 5 and 12 volts.
It should be easy to make this work in a car with the cig lighter plug,
you just need 5 and 12 volt regulators. USE A FUSE!
(7805's go up to 1A current, I'd recommend more, if I find the part number it's _______.)
I haven't tried it in a car, do at your own risk.


You can do just about anything you want with CDs played in this without worrying about getting a virus.
This won't spy on you and tell anyone what you are listening to.



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I made this too. It was €6 in total, €5 for the PSU (I found a comfortable small one) and €1 for the CD-ROM Drive at the local secondhand shop, where i like to get my devices and computer parts for dirtcheap.

can someone help me?i have this transistor that says PL on the top, 7805 in the middle,and 2 MC at the bottom...but i dont know if its a voltage regulator can someone please reply me back if it is?

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That is a voltage regulator :)

I'm not experienced enough to say for sure, but i think it's a voltage regulator :)

7805 voltage regulator. +5 volts. Going by the picture above, hook positive voltage (7 to 25 volts) to the left pin, ground the middle pin, and get +5 from the right pin.

yes It is Voltage REgulator :)

and I forgot to put it in but you can program a virus without a payload to propagate itself in a computer then set it loose in said computer and study said virus. you can learn what it does and how it reacts to certain elements thereby learning form it.

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therefore the comment "anything that eats up system resources copying itself is bad" has just been debunked becasue you said anything that.... and not some things or most things.....are bad.

and if that is what your goal was then the second part of your comment was incoreect as well becasue you learned from it and in essance found good not bad in the situation.

Everything you said was completely accused of being wrong, proven wrong, and set asside as wrong, much like you would comments from the mentally insane. So maybe someone should be saying to you ARE YOU?

I know I shouldn't engage here, as you are clearly a troll, but nevertheless: I take offense to your comment; misinformed derogatory slander like yours leads to stigmatising and discrimination. I would appreciate it, (as would others, no doubt) if you would refrain from preying on vulnerable minorities while you are busy attacking other commenters.

hello do you can help me i want to make this and it does not work
i have a acer cd-rom player the cd- rom player will not play a cd

sorry for the bad english i come from the neterlands

Virus meant malware even before "malware" was a word. Everyone knows a virus is "BAD". Does anyone want to stop viruses but run spyware malware rootkits worms and trojans? Scientists don't consider MAD COW DISEASE a virus. So would you eat it? Stop brown nosing the virus writers. Some of you are like beauty queens in denial that BoTox is the strongest known poison.

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actually a virus isnt bad. a virus is the closest thing we have to artaficial inteligence. A PAYLOAD connect to a virus can be bad but the virus itself does nothing wrong. It is a common misconception. just like people think hackers are the ones breaking into stuff using computers but in truth its crackers. Hackers just program.

Right, go catch a virus and die, so average people will be smarter.

I was always told never argue with a fool because listeners can’t tell the difference. I am going to go against that right now in hopes that I can enlighten you. All I have to say is just look it up and you will see I’m not wrong. I have both a bachelors and an associates in computers, I have studied these things extensively and I know what the truth is. The truth is a virus is not a bad thing the payload attached to the virus is what does the damage. A virus by its nature cannot and will not hurt your computer only payloads can. When people talk of the Melisa virus or the Monkey-B virus they are talking about the payload itself. If you don’t believe me Google it, but for god’s sake, don’t open your cake hole and slam someone that apparently knows more than you, without first making sure what you are saying is true. Remember it is better to let people think you are an idiot than to open your mouth and prove it. Now with that said is there any more of your infinitely wise, obviously unsubstantiated, or otherwise moronic inputs you would like to add or would you rather just try looking something up for once in your life to see if maybe it is true. Just to help you it is W W W . G O O G L E . C O M Hope that helps you. And again for the person in the slow seat in the front of the short bus its WWW.GOOGLE.COM

You may have both a BS and an AS but you must have skipped a few classes because your typing, spelling and grammar are very much lacking.

Google define:virus
Which of those definitions are good?
"Virus" comes from the Latin, in which it means "Poison".