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Problem upgrading CD/R writer


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Roy K

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I have a Dell Dimension 1100, running Windows XP SP3. Recently, my CD/DVD drive would read CD's and DVD's, but will not write to CD. I have read other topics on here, and the general opinion seems to be that the laser writer has gone.
I went out today and bought a new drive, but when I got it home, I realised that the new drive is a SATA connection, and I have been connecting the CD drive up via the IDE socket.
Is there any adaptor that would fit to make the new drive fit, or do I need to get a new mobo?
I do not know if the current board has an ATA connector, although System Info tells me that there is an ATA controller in the software.

Total idiot inside the case, I just need a bit of advice. :) :)

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The easiest thing to do would be to return the SATA drive and get an IDE interfaced drive.

Or you can buy something like this to convert an IDE port on your motherboard to a SATA port. HERE However, if you only have one IDE port on the motherboard, that is probably also used by your IDE hard drive so then you couldn't do it.
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