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Default Sony Optiarc 20X laser diode

So, I purchased a Sony Optiarc 20X DVD+/-RW DL drive from Newegg.com, thinking it should have a normal, round diode. *I was wrong. *It has an awkward square-like shape. *If you're interested in a weird diode, I'm willing to sell or trade this diode, for $24 (what I paid for the drive) or to trade for another 20X diode. *See pictures below. *If you would like, I'm willing to throw in the CD ciode at no extra cost. I'd recommend a diode like this if you're gung-ho for the unconventional, if you're interested in trying something new, or if you just feel like helping out a poor soul like me =D (Who just didn't know what the diode would be like.)

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Here's one at an angle favoring the side opposite the pins
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:52 AM #3
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Here's the under-side. Presumably, the metal plate is to draw heat away from the diode.
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Old 09-27-2008, 12:56 AM #4
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This is it compared to a normal, 5.6mm diode. Across the metal plate, which sightly sticks out from the black part, it's about 5.15mm. Very small.
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:07 AM #5
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That is an ugly diode! ;D ;D ;D... *:-[

Which end does the light come out of?
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Here's a little video to show how bright it is. Current running through it is between 400mA and 450mA. I'm unable to focus/collimate it, because I only have 2 hands, but It's very bright, especially compared to a standard, Class IIIa laser pointer.

The first laser is the weak standard leadlight. The second one with the 2 big things coming off of it is the Sony diode. At the end, when it sill looks a bit brighter, it's pointing almost straight down, and the leadlight is pointing almost straight at the lens.
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Old 09-27-2008, 01:25 AM #7
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That is an ugly diode! ;D ;D ;D... *:-[

Which end does the light come out of?
The little hole opposite the pins.
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OK I thought it would come out of there...
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Are you interested at all, Artix?
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Not really, I just have never seen a diode like that... :-X

Good luck selling it!
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That video is freaky...towards the end a big eyeball is staring back at you. Its in the middle between the two beams. Woohaha...
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Default Re: Sony Optiarc 20X laser diode

what model number sony did you buy? i remember one of my customers had gotten one of these black flat diodes and rigged up a lens on it to focus the laser, he got it to work somehow...
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I don't know, but it's this drive. *I could Jerry-rig something, but I don't want to have to mess with it. *It'd be that much more work to make it work SOMEhow.
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[off topic]Does newegg ship to Canada?[/off topic]
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