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Installing a CD-ROM

Steps to installing a CD-ROM

Saftey Precautions when working with pc components. Always be sure to unplug the power cablewhen working on the inside of your computer.

You want to make sure you dont risk gettinga lethal shock, or do possible damage to any components. Also, ground yourself with a anti static wrist strap if you have one. If not, touch something metal to ground yourself before you open up the case, and keep one hand or part of your body on the case, while you ate working on the computer. This will help prevent any electrostatic discharge that may damage the components. Use Demagnatized tools if possible when working on inside of Computer.

Read over any documentation or manuals that come with the CD-ROM Drive. A regular CD-ROM drive usually does not have any driver discs, but most CD Burners or DVD players have drivers or other software.

Also read over the motherboard manual before you start. Make note of anything about installing a CR-ROM.

Look at the motherboard component diagram. See where you have to connect the drive ribbon cable to the motherboard.

Look over the section on using the BIOS. You may need to use it to configure a drive.

If you are replacing a CD-ROM drive, you can remove the power and ribbon cables. Unscrew and remove the old drive. Remember, or make notes on exactly how the old drive is hooked up.

If you are installing a new CD-ROM drive, you will have to find the secondary IDE interface, when you connect the CD-ROM ribbon cable. Its beside or near the IDE Primary IDE interface connection. Check your motherboard manual to find our where it is.

The CD-ROM ribbon cable uses IDE Cable, the same type that is on the primary IDE (hard drive) power connector.

It may be a good idea to connect the sound wire into the drive before you put the unit into the drive bay. They are hard to put on once the drive its spot. You may also try putting on the ribbon cable as well. This will all depend on how much room you have to work with.

Installing a CD-ROM

CD ROM
CD-ROM Ready to be installed in a case.

Make sure the ribbon cable is properly connected. The red stripe on the ribbon cable is usually beside the power connector on the back of the drive. If your drive does not fit through the back of your case, you may have to put it in through the front. This may require the removal of the face plate.

Once you have the drive in the bay. You can connect the ribbon and power cables. Connect the ribbon to the motherboard, if not already done.

Now you can connect the sound cable to either your CDIN port on your motherboard, (for onboard sound) or to the one on the sound card. (if you are using sound card)

Once the drive is all hooked up, tighten up all the screws that hold the drive in place. Check the drive by first starting up the computer. Place a CD in the disk drive and try to read the contents of the disk. If you can read a disk, then the drive should be ok. Next check your sound, play a game or a CD with music. If every thing is working ok, then you are done.

Now you can put the sides back on the case, and you will be done installing a CD-ROM.

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