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CDRom stops working when I connect IDE cable

I am rebuilding my emachines 5220. The CD/DVD-Rom works when the IDE cable is not connected but stops working the moment I connect the IDE cable. I mean it loses power whenever I connect.
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Put some different power connector other than you have used now, then check

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Then remove icd cable and power cable from cd/dvd drive.
Then remove screws of old cd/dvd drive.
Then you can pull it from cabinet from front side.
Then put your new cd/dvd drive into it's position then lock it with screws.
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The white IDE Slot is usually for the Hard Disks and the blue IDE Slot id usually for the CD Roms.

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