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Won't reconize DVD burner

I picked up a DC7100 tower and it came with a CD/DVD rom drive. It seems to have a ribbon cable that would able me to add a second drive. I have a DVD burner and wanted to add it to the HP but it doesn't reconize it after hardware install... I installed it first thing when I got the computer and it did not even reconize the CD rom that came with it. I had to go into F10 and config the CD drive there. There was no DVD burner drive there in the setup. Maybe I need to do one at a time, I don't know.

Also want to add a hard drive and believe I can with the full size tower. 40 gig original drive is way to small, but my second hard drive from my older computer hooks up differant, with a ribbon cable... More than likely it means new drive as I would like it internal.
Thank you in advance. Rob

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    Rob Liszi Feb 04, 2009

    I have 1 ide slot, which is used for the CD ribbon. 80 wire, set the jumpers for slave and master, and did not even have to configer... My drive id's are backwards from what I wanted but I am gratefull that they work.

    Thanks for the quick fix for me.

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Well, the CD ribon cable goes into the IDE 2 slot on the Mainboard and the furthest connector on the other end is the master, the second one closest to the board is the Slave connector. The CD drive has a jumper on the back between where the ribbon and the power connector go, on the case some where it should have a diagram showing the jumper setting to put it in as master or slave. Set it accordingly.

Same with Hard drives.

If the Hard drive has a diferent Cable like a SATA, then be sure to get a SATA as the new one.

Now the IDE cables may be bad check them for damage just to be on the safe side.

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