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Installing the CD-RW Ribbon Cable
While each ribbon connector can have
a primary and a secondary device on it, most mainboards also support
two IDE connectors on the mainboard, which are also referred to as primary
and secondary. Well connect the secondary IDE to the CD cable
first, because its between the floppy connector and the mainboards
primary IDE connector (see Figure 91).
Then, well connect the primary mainboard IDE connector to the
hard drive. To determine which IDE connector is primary, consult your
mainboard manual. Any IDE ribbon cables you connect in the future will
be similar to these.
First, connect the 40-pin ribbon
cable to the mainboards secondary controller (the second IDE connection
on the mainboard) as shown in Figure 95
and Figure 96.
Figure 95: Connecting the CD-RW ribbon cable to the secondary IDE connector on the mainboard
Figure 96: CD-RW ribbon connected to mainboard
Then, connect the cable
to the CD-RW drive (Figure 97).
Ignore any connectors in the middle of the cable and use the ends of
the ribbon cable (unless you plan to connect a secondary device to the
middle cable connector).
Figure 97: Connecting the ribbon cable to the CD-RW drive
Hold the connector by the black end to push it in. We intentionally had the model hold the connector by the cable so the hand didnt completely obscure the picture. Also, when removing cables, dont pull them by the ribbon, which could damage wires. Rather, pull them out by holding the black connector. (Figure 88 shows the back of the CD-RW drive, where the ribbon cable goes.)
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