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How does P4 Connector connect to the CD Rom Drive

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Hmmm, P4 is usually a designation, for a 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atx12v4

I see though that they have P2 as the 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable, and P4 as a SMALL 4-pin Peripheral power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#floppy

This type of power cable is used on a Floppy Drive, or a Card Reader.
Not a Harddrive, or Optical Drive. (CD/DVD drive)

The Standard 4-pin Peripheral power cable, is used on an IDE (PATA) harddrive, or optical drive,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#peripheral

Rounder corners on the Top of the plug connector.
Only plugs in, in one direction.

Owner's Manual > Page 109 -
Power Supply DC Connector Pin Assignments

P1 = 24-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain24

P2 shown above - 4-pin ATX +12 Volt power cable

P3, P5, and P6 are SATA power cables,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#sata

If you have a SATA optical drive (CD/DVD drive), the above is the power cable used.

Uses a SATA data cable,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_ports.jpg

SATA data cable connector on motherboard, is shown below the SATA data cable.

NOTE*
Color does NOT matter

For additional questions please post in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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Install cd rom


Looking at the motherboard as it is installed in your computer case;
Processor to the Top, Ram Memory slots to the Right, White long PCI slots (2) to the Bottom;

Below the left corner of the Processor socket, is the connector on the motherboard for a Floppy Drive cable.

To the left of this connector, is the connector on the motherboard for the 20-pin ATX main power cable,

http://www.playtool.com/pages/psuconnectors/connectors.html#atxmain20

Below the left corner of this connector is a small rectangular female connector. CD1
This is where the audio cable from your optical drive (CD/DVD drive) connects to.

http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Product/Product_Detail.aspx?DetailID=272&CategoryID=1&MenuID=18&LanID=0

Scroll up a little, click on Manual. (Driver/ BIOS/ Manual)
Go to the BOTTOM of the next page, and click on the country nearest yours.

[ English manual for P4VMM2 PCB 3.2A ]

This is a Zip file. If you do not know how to open a zip file, once you have downloaded it, post back in a Comment.

Would appreciate hearing back from you.

Regards,
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How do i install this drive?


Unplug the power cable from your power supply and open up your computer Don't forget to wear your antistatic wrist band. Determine which drive bay you are going to install a CD-ROM into. You should pick on of the uppermost drive bays. Before you install a CD-ROM, make sure you have the proper jumper settings. Since we are only installing a single CD-ROM, set the jumpers as MASTER. The jumper settings are different for each CD-ROM drive, so consult your owner's manual so you know which pins to cover up. Once you have the jumpers set, install your CD-ROM in the computer's case. How you secure the CD-ROM in one of the uppermost drive bays depends on your case. Some CD-ROM drives have to be screwed into the drive bay, while other cases come with brackets (like mine) to attach to the CD-ROM drive so that it slides into the drive bay and locks in place.


Connect the power to the back of the CD-ROM drive, then connect the ribbon cable to the back of the CD-ROM drive. Your ribbon cable has three connectors, one in the middle and one on each end. The middle connector is a "SLAVE" connector that is used if you would install an additional CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
Connect one of the end connectors to the CD-ROM drive, and connect the other end connector to the appropriate spot on your motherboard. Note, hard drives and CD-ROM drives have the same style of connector on the motherboard. You want to connect your CD-ROM drive to the motherboard slot that isn't red or is the highest numbered of all the IDE slots.





Power on your computer after you plug it in. Your computer should recognize the new CD-ROM. If it doesn't, Click start control panel administrive tools,computer management,device manager scroll down cd-dvd rom drives you might see a yellow question mark ? right click to update driver,roll back driver,or select properties general troubleshoot, select driver click to reinstall drivers click update driver
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I want to install a CD/DVD RW drive. This is in addition to the installed CD/DVD already in place. The new drive has a SATA connection on the back, and the only available connector is an IDE connector....


There are IDE to SATA adapters and cables, such as this one linked below. IDE to SATA Adapter
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The floppy drive has it own data cable and does not connect to the same cable as the hard drive and CD ROM/R-W drive.
If the hard drive and CD drive are IDE devices, then the hard drive should be the connected to the connector at the end of the IDE cable and the jumper on the hard drive set to Master. The CD drive should be connected to the middle connector and its jumper set to Slave. The other end connector should be connected to the Primary IDE connector on the motherboard.

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Check The RAM ( Memory )
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Sir When i connect cd rom & hard disk together on my computer then the does not work.Kindly give me a solution.


There is a jumper in HDD and CDrom

  • Set the hard disk jumper to Master Connect the drive using the Master connector on the primary IDE cable.
  • Set the CDD jumper to Slave Connect the drive using the Slave connector on the primary IDE cable.
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Hoew to install CD Drive


Hi,
You want to install a CD Drive. Ok you are Following these steps....
  1. Unplug the power cable from your power supply and open your Computer case.
  2. Determine which drive bay you are going to install a CD-ROM into. You should pick on of the uppermost drive bays
  3. Before you install a CD-ROM, make sure you have the proper jumper settings. You are only installing a single CD-ROM, set the jumpers as MASTER. The jumper settings are different for each CD-ROM drive, so consult your owner's manual so you know which pins to cover up.
  4. Once you have the jumpers set, install your CD-ROM in the computer's case. How you secure the CD-ROM in one of the uppermost drive bays depends on your case. Some CD-ROM drives have to be screwed into the drive bay.
  5. Connect the power to the back of the CD-ROM drive, then connect the ribbon cable to the back of the CD-ROM drive. Your ribbon cable has three connectors, one in the middle and one on each end. The middle connector is a SLAVE connector that is used if you would install an additional CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive.
  6. Connect one of the end connectors to the CD-ROM drive, and connect the other end connector to the appropriate spot on your motherboard. Note, hard drives and CD-ROM drives have the same style of connector on the motherboard. You want to connect your CD-ROM drive to the motherboard slot that isn't red or is the highest numbered of all the IDE slots.
  7. Power on your computer after you plug it in. Your computer should recognize the new CD-ROM. If it doesn't, go into your motherboards BIOS and search around for the IDE channels, they need to be set to automatically.
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