how to connect an external cd/dvd drive?

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  1. meisha_rose

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    Is it possible to connect an external cd/dvd drive to an iconia 500? i connect it and it mounts but then i can acess it? please help?
     
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    Have you tried with a file manager, such as ES File Explorer or File Manager HD (both free in the market)?

    Some of these need (especially older ones) a motor start command sent from the computer side, and I'm not sure Android does that.
    But if you see it spinning, you should be able to view content with a file manager. Don't expect movies to play well from that device.
     
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    I know it will not see movie DVDs, didn't try with files so I can't comment.
     
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    Question: Why would you want to put a cd/dvd onto your tablet?

    Much easier putting a USB HDD caddy/case onto it. Something like a WD 1.5 TB USB drive you can buy at OFFICEWORKS!
     
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    Because maybe the files you need are on optical disk? Or maybe you just wanted to see if it would work.
     
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    True but most people have cd/dvd's ripped to a HDD or a USB stick. Can be very slow on cd/dvd's.

    I believe Icebike is correct in saying that ANDROID doesn't have support for cd/dvd drives in HC. May have in ICS but I don't know.
     
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    Pretty sure this is not supported. Tablets are currently not in the realm of full pc replacement. There are somethings you just can't do.
     
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    You would need drivers for Cd/Dvd, and although it could be done noone has as far as I know. Not that it would be that difficult to port Linux drivers, probably has to do with the fact that android is evolving so rapidly, and optical drives are becoming a thing of the past even in laptops. Streaming and so called cloud based services are the focus these days. Not to mention power requirements of mechanical drives.

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    Well...I read in another thread where someone called a A500 a computer. End result was that one of the experienced members wanted to shake their hand and hug them.

    This then begs the question: What do you really define a computer as?
    I reckon the A500 has more power than a 80386 or even 80486 DX4 100.
     
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    Even though ANDROID is LINUX but ANDROID is heavily chopped in functionality. Thus far no support. Maybe someone will design an app.
     

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