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Help needed in installing DVD-RW


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harlancountian

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Hello all, I am new to the board and I was really you all may be able to help me a little with installing a DVD-RW into my system. My computer is a Gateway P3 696 with 384MB RAM 25 Gig of harddrive. I have the DVD ROM that came with the computer that is a Hitachi DVD-ROM 5000. I just recently bought a NEC ND3540A DVD-RW. My question is how should I go about setting up the system. Do I need to look for a spliter cable to goto both of my DVD devices from the sound card ( I have the regular SoundBlaster card that comes in every Gateway system if that helps any thing ) And if not, with my new device being faster than the old, should I set the jumpers to the old being the slave and the new being the master? Thabk you to everyone who may be able to help.
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Well you want to install the drive into one of the free 5 1/4 bays next to the old drive, its simple screw into the case job there. Then the IDE cable that is connected ot the old one should have more than one end the other should be free connect this in the same way it is connected to the old drive and set the new drive to slave using the jumpers( set it to master if you want and the other to slave it doesnt really make a difference). It doesnt plug into the sound card, just the motherboard.
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I know it probably sounds odd but my new device didn't come with any mounting screws. Does it matter what kind of screws I need to get?
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I know it probably sounds odd but my new device didn't come with any mounting screws. Does it matter what kind of screws I need to get?


Yes, drive screws are shorter and have finer threads. The length is important, too long may damage parts of the drive.
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