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I need help! I'm a computer novice so please excuse my ignorance. I recently bought an Acer Aspire M1100 desktop (Acer Aspire AM1100-B1410A Refurbished AMD Desktop PC - AMD Athlon X2 4000 2 .1GHz, 2GB DDR2, 320GB SATA2, DVD±RW, Vista Home Premium). Acer told me that these are the specs for the motherboard: ACER F690GVM ATI RS690C SB600 MARVELL 88E8056. I want to upgrade my PC and want to install; AOPEN 20X DVD Rewriter IDE Interface - 20x DVD±R, 12x DVD-RAM, 8x DVD R, 6x DVD-R, 8x DVD±R DL, 48x CD-R, 32x CD-RW, Interchangeable Bezel, and, a Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200.11 Internal 3.5" Serial ATA-300 7,200 RPM 32MB Hard Drive - ST31000340AS. I’ve mounted/installed the DVD re-writer and 1TB HD, but, now need to get power to them and connect any other wires to/from the motherboard. Here’s where my problem comes in. I don’t have a manual for this MB and so don’t know what connections to where, I need to make. Please help with any information you can provide (ideally with pics). Of course Acer provided No help at all and told me that they don’t offer any help with connecting/installing other hardware. Thanks in advance, Thomas Kenney

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  • thomaskenney Oct 22, 2008

    Both the DVD and additional HD are additions to my PC; the additional HD will be used for storage.



    Ref. the DVD ... where does the audio connector get plugged into on the MB?



    Also, I have 4 SATA conectors, two of which have something plugged in, and there is one space in between the two plugged in connectors. Make sense? Which SATA connector do I need to plug the HD into? If the connector is labeled, what should I be looking for?

  • Miguel Jara Apr 24, 2013

    NEED TO KNOW WHERE THEY GO ON THE MOTHER BORD SATTA

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Here is what you will need to complete this project:

  • Your new DVD burner with the included screws and cable.
  • A phillips screwdriver.
  • your new harddrive
  • Once you unpack the drive and find a screwdriver, you can finish the prep work by turning off and unplugging the power from your PC.
Installing Your Harddrive Step1 Open up your case after backing up any important files and locating and installing any software that came with the hard drive. Check to make sure that your computer supports SATA or that you have a SATA PCI card installed. Step2Look for the smaller connector on the SATA cable and connect it to the SATA connector located on the motherboard or controller card. If you already have another SATA drive, simply follow its cable to the motherboard or card to see where this one will attach. Step3Grab the larger end of the SATA cable and connect it to the back of the SATA drive itself. You will also need to attach the legacy 4-pin connector or SATA power cable to power your drive. At this point, check to see that both the smaller and larger end of the SATA cable and the power cable are securely connected and proceed. Step4Choose an available drive bay and insert the hard drive into it, mounting it in place with the four screws provided. Make sure to follow the directions that came with your drive and place the screws in the designated holes to secure proper grounding. Step5Ensure that all cables are properly attached and replace the tower or desktop case cover. After doing this, you're all set to reconnect the power cord and turn on your computer. Formatting and Partitioning Step1Boot from your Windows CD. If this is the only hard drive present, you'll be shown a series of instructions and should simply follow along. Step2Select "Control Panel" then "Performance and Maintenance" and finally "Administrative Tools" for an additional hard drive. Then click the "Computer Management option and choose "Disk Management." Simply right-click the drive to partition and format it. Step3Follow the steps displayed. Windows will guide you through the rest of the process. Now for your dvd drive---- 1.Shut down the system, unplug the power cord and remove the side panel or panels from the case. Ensure that the new DVD-ROM drive is set to be "Slave" or "Master," depending on if it is a replacement or an additional drive. 3 2.Locate the empty drive bay for the new DVD-ROM drive, and remove the drive bay covering. 4 Insert the new DVD-ROM drive into the empty bay and secure with screws or other attaching device provided by the manufacturer. 5 3.Connect the open connector on the ribbon cable (red stripe towards power cable) to the new DVD-ROM drive and connect the power supply cable (plastic four connector plug from power supply)to the drive. 6 Replace the side panel or panels, plug in the power cord and turn the system on. Install your dvd software bundle and get to work. These are actually two things you will want to do at once while the computer is open , but i would do them one at a time in case you have problems you will know what to blame. You can leave the cover off while operating the computer so that you can test it after the hard drive instrall and before the dvd install.

Posted on Oct 21, 2008

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    Jeff Strader Oct 23, 2008

    Here is a pic of the SATA power end on the cable and another of the SATA connector on the main board. One end goes in the Board the other in the hard drive. They ONLY go in on way as they are keyed.


    the big picture is the end that goes into the hard drive, the small end finds the keyed socket on the mainboard or SATA controller card if not on the main board.
    The power connection is a similar cable but comes from the power supply , you may need an adaptor from ide power plug to sata power plug unless your power supply is sata ready. these can be picked up at radion shack or your local computer store for 4 or 5 bucks.



    The ide connection is for the dvd rom If you have another cd rom installed, this goes on the empty spot on the existing 40 pin ribbon cable , if this the ONLY cd or dvd drive you need a new cable that was supplied with the drive. this one is important :

    first set the jumper on back of the dvd drive to master, there will be a picture of how that looks on the drive itself or in the instructions that came with it.

    if you are adding it to a computer as a second cd/dvd drive you will want to unplug the other drives data cable and plug it into the new one, then change the jumper on the back of the old drive to the "slave" position, then plug the end that is left on the cable into the old drive.

    if this is a stand alone drive ( no other cd/dvd drives present) set the jumper to master, plug in the data cable to the drive (red line towards the power).
    Now look for a empty power plug from the power supply that will look like this

    this will go into the power port on the dvd drive from the power supply.

    and lastly , some dvd drives come with a very small cable for connecting the dvd directly to the sound card to enable dir cd playback through your soundcard, it looks like this:


    one end goes into your dvd rom and the other goes into your sound card or motherbard if the soundcard is integrated.

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