It's easy to install a CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM
By Robert B.
To install a CD-ROM drive isn't much different than installing a hard drive.
The install process I've outlined below will work for a CD-RW, DVD-ROM, DVD-RW, you get the idea.
It will work for pretty much an optical disk ready you have to install.
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I'm assuming that you're installing a new CD-ROM drive, but if you need to remove your old one, simply follow these steps in reverse.
- Unplug the power cable from your power supply and open up your computer case. Don't forget to wear your antistatic wrist band.
- Determine which drive bay you are going to install a CD-ROM into. You should pick on of the uppermost drive bays.
- Before you install a CD-ROM, make sure you have the proper jumper settings. Since we are only installing a single CD-ROM, set the jumpers as MASTER. The jumper settings are different for each CD-ROM drive, so consult your owner's manual so you know which pins to cover up.
- Once you have the jumpers set, install your CD-ROM in the computer's case. How you secure the CD-ROM in one of the uppermost drive bays depends on your case. Some CD-ROM drives have to be screwed into the drive bay, like how you install a floppy drive, while other cases come with brackets (like mine) to attach to the CD-ROM drive so that it slides into the drive bay and locks in place.
- Connect the power to the back of the CD-ROM drive, then connect the ribbon cable to the back of the CD-ROM drive. Your ribbon cable has three connectors, one in the middle and one on each end. The middle connector is a "SLAVE" connector that is used if you would install an additional CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Connect one of the end connectors to the CD-ROM drive, and connect the other end connector to the appropriate spot on your motherboard. Note, hard drives and CD-ROM drives have the same style of connector on the motherboard. You want to connect your CD-ROM drive to the motherboard slot that isn't red or is the highest numbered of all the IDE slots.
- Power on your computer after you plug it in. Your computer should recognize the new CD-ROM. If it doesn't, go into your motherboards BIOS and search around for the IDE channels, they need to be set to AUTO.
That's all there is to install a CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM. If you want to look for a new one to install, now that you know how to, I recommend that you
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