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Help for a rookie builder

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I've got a couple of questions on a new build. I've built one machine before, but that was 5 years ago, so I know just enough to get into trouble.

Here's background:

MOBO: Epox EP-9NPA+Ultra
2 IDE drives: DVD-RW and DVD-ROM
1 SATA harddrive (Hitachi Deskstar T7K250)
MOBO onboard sound + soundcard (Chaintech - AV 710).

Question 1: I have 2 IDE channels to connect 2 IDE drives (DVD drives above) - IDE 1 and IDE 2. Does it matter whether I just use one channel (and one cable), making one DVD the master and the second a slave on the same channel, or would it be better to have each drive on its own IDE channel as the master. (BTW, I've connected my SATA harddrive to the SATA1 connection).

Question 2: I've installed a soundcard (see above) and it has 2 separate 4 pin connectors for "cd in" and "aux in". In addition to the data cable, each DVD has a 4 pin and a 2 pin connection (neither is power, which is a separate 4 pin). Do I need to connect each DVD drive to the soundcard with these 4 pin connectors for sound to go from the DVD to speakers, or is the data cable sufficient?

Thanks for helping a rookie.


Edited by acesfull, 25 April 2006 - 01:35 PM.

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Question 1, I dont think it matters how you have it hooked up. Question 2, refer to your owners manual as to what the connectors on your sound card are, but usually the data cable is plenty.
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