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Cd/dvd rom my cd/dvd rom does not work i opened the computer and saw that the "cable" conecting it was ripped in places. is this the problem i have an emachine t1090 that i am trying to get running so my son can play games on it. windows xp. also there is another "cable" in there that one end is not attached to. it says motherboard and slave on it. can i use that one

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Computers typically have 2 IDE connections on the motherboard. 1 Primary, and one secondary.

Your HDD ( Hard Disk Drive) should be connected to the primary as MASTER.
Typically the CD is connected to the secondary, as MASTER

You can connect the CD to the second fitting of the primary, however you will have to set the drive as a SLAVE.. not MASTER.
I can't comment on the "ripped" cable, except that some older computer cables split the cable, and reversed the crimp to designate the A & B FDD ( Floppy Disk Diives ).

If you neet additional info, please post additional comment.


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No, you cannot use that cable--it is solely for the harddrive, and should not be able to connect the cd/dvd rom. That is for another harddrive in case you decide to upgrade.

You will need to get another cable for the cd/dvd rom---if you do not know how to install and/or change the ribbon/cable, then go to an expert, such as GeekSquad to take care of it for you. You may even know a neighbor or friend who is a computer technician. Good luck!

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