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Can't install CD-RW! Pls help! - 4/9/2002 5:26:32 AM   


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Hi. I bought a cd-rw drive (Ricoh 24x10x40x Ė MP7240A) but I have been totally unable to install it. Iím not very technical, so I do need a step-by-step guide if anyone has enough time, patience and a kind heart to help me.
Letís start with the specifications of my PC: ACER Acros, Win98, 233Mhz, 92 RAM, has a CD-Rom and a Floppy drive on it already.
Now, for the inside of my tower:
There are two IDE cables. One of them is connected from the motherboard to the HDD and has a space connector in the middle (almost Ė itís not long enough). Question: is this the correct connector for the CD-RW drive? If yes, are the ends of the IDE cable interchangeable, i.e. can I take them out and plug them the other way around (if A is on motherboard and B on HDD, can I put A on HDD and B on motherboard)? The other IDE cable is connected to the motherboard and the CD-Rom drive and has a free connector. Maybe itís the correct connector for CD-RW? I have no idea! And how do you tell which IDE cable is connected to the primary or secondary pin on the motherboard? L
The power cables: there are two spare ones, one with double cables (two in each slot) and one with single ones. Which one do I use for the CD-RW?
Jumpers on CD-Rom and CD-RW: the jumber on the CD-Rom is set to Master. Where does it have to go on the CD-RW?
The manual that came with the CD-RW drive says that I should connect the audio cable, but am I right in assuming that since thereís already a CD-Rom drive installed, there is no need for that?
Is there any changes I should make on the BIOS settings?
I did all sorts of funny combinations, but I havenít been able to find the right one for all these cables. In fact, Iíve no idea what Iím doing! Any help would be terribly appreciated. Thank you very very much!

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RE: Can't install CD-RW! Pls help! - 4/9/2002 5:58:12 AM   


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Use the cable in which CD-ROM is installed. Put the CD-RW as MASTER and connect it at the end of the cable and install CD-ROM as SLAVE (jumper). No other work should be done (check during the boot process if drive(s) are recognized from BIOS).

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