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cd player as a slave hard-drive?

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My son brought a computer home from his skill center computer class. They were
throwing them away and offered the students to take one home if they wanted.
When we first fired the computer up the computer went through the bios start-up
but showed a message "no operating system". After fiddling around for about a day
we found the jumper on the hard drive was not in the right spot. I had some DOS
6.2 floppy disks and loaded DOS on the hard drive. Now, here is where I am stuck.
The CD drive was connected to the primary IDE connection in conjunction with the
hard drive. This threw up a red flag for me as there was no cable from the CD drive to the secondary IDE drive connection. I took a ribbon cable from another
old computer that I have and connected the CD drive to the secondary IDE. When
I fired up the computer it tells me "Interface board or cd drive is not ready, Insure that drive cables correctly attached". I believe the interface board could be defective as I have the cables attaches correctly and it originally connected to the primary IDE when we first opened it up. I want to know if the cd-drive can be hooked to the primary IDE and used as a slave to the hard drive? If so, how can I set it up? <_<
The computer is a "Digital PC3100". It has a Pentium w/MMX 200mhz CPU w/32m
of RAM. The CD drive is a Teac CD-540E.

Thank You, Zuk
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You can connect it either way. If connected with the hard drive, the CD drive should be the slave and the hard drive the master. If connected by itself one IDE channel two, it should be configured as the slave.

On an older computer the CD-ROM drive won't be recognized by the BIOS. You'll need a driver for it to be recognized. Try the mfg's website.

It would probably also make a good computer to put Linux on. <_<
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