Works fine, I've used both PATA and SATA internal ones with USB-adapters (SATA adapters might need a new firmware). You might want to do some research about drives though, in general old ones are better than new ones and if you want a bluray unit Asus BW-16D1HT is one of the last models where you can make use of a "loophole" for reading blurays (https://forum.makemkv.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=19113 , https://www.dvd-cloner.com/knowledge/uhd-friendly-drive-list_377.html).On a different topic, are there any compatibility issues with optical drives? As noted I want to get a new/faster one while I'm doing this, since I still receive optical media.
cd0 at ahcich2 bus 0 scbus2 target 0 lun 0 cd0: <HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH24NSC0 LY00> Removable CD-ROM SCSI device cd0: Serial Number KLIJ9P14455 cd0: 150.000MB/s transfers (SATA 1.x, UDMA6, ATAPI 12bytes, PIO 8192bytes) cd0: 0MB (1 0 byte sectors)
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I have quite a few Intel PRO/1000 single, dual, and quad port Ethernet cards that came from decommissioned servers via eBay...or just get a pulled NIC from a server etc
You might need to buy an adapter... VGA port is shaped differently than HDMI or DP. If your monitor only has a VGA port, but your PC does not, then you need an adapter. You can get those from Amazon for about $15-20. A KVM port might work for than, but only if it has both VGA and (HDMI or DP).Which video output port should I be looking to use with my old VGA monitor, "HDMI port" or "Display port"?
So just get a simple adapter?
What about an old KVM switch (only for purposes of doing the config from old->new), slap a video adapter on it?
Yeah. Two monitors, keyboards, and mice might actually be easier.The transition involves using both computers simultaneously to copy/configure for the new, so switching (for a short time...) between the two. With one having VGA port & one HDMI, this seems to be a challenge for KVM.
That takes either a crossover cable or going via a router.Yeah. Two monitors, keyboards, and mice might actually be easier.
Can you ssh to one from the other?
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They still manage to introduce directionality, by having a plug/socket directionOf course, all of that doesn’t apply to passive converters, like DVI to HDMI, or VGA to DVI(-A). These are always bidirectional because they don’t contain electronics for converting signals.
Well, if you mess up even the socket direction, there's always a cheap coupler/direction changer plug you can buy. I think the important point that people tend to miss is that cables have two (2) ends to check, not one (1).They still manage to introduce directionality, by having a plug/socket direction