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To enable CD burning for your computer is a relatively
simple process in Windows XP.
All you need is a CD burner drive installed in your
computer, the disk with the drivers and software that goes with it and an
XP-loaded personal computer.
Once your driver is installed, the process is almost
Here are the steps you should follow to begin creating your
Check your system requirements before installing the CD burner and make sure
that your system can handle the speed and memory requirements of the drive.
WARNING: Before you start troubleshooting remember that you
are dealing with electricity that can KILL.
Only work inside the computer case when the power has been
switched off and disconnected. Never open the power source.
Some of the below steps
recommend removing physical parts within the computer.
While in the computer it is
highly recommend that you be aware of ESD and its potential hazards
Turn off the computer, disconnect the power cord and remove
the cover from the case.
Check the IDE cables inside your computer.
You may be able to connect the optical CD drive to the same
ribbon cable as the hard drive if it is set up as a secondary or slave drive or
to a separate ATA/IDE channel by a second cable.
Find an empty CD drive slot, remove the plastic cover from
the outside, slide the drive in through the back and screw it in place.
If you are using a SATA CD burner, you'll need to connect
the red SATA cable from the CD drive to the SATA connection on the motherboard
or on your SATA drive controller card.
With SATA drives, you don't have to fool with jumpers.
Attach one end of the separate ATA/IDE
cable to the motherboard if you have an IDE drive and the other to the back of
the CD burner.
If slaving the drive, hook the drive to the second
connection on the main hard drive cable to the burner drive.
If you do that, you'll have to set the jumpers on the CD
drive to the "slave" position.
The drive's installation instructions will show you where
the jumper pins are and how to set them to the slave position.
If using a separate IDE cable, just leave the jumpers in the
If this is an older drive, you may have an analog audio
cable as well that connects to the motherboard.
Follow the installation instructions for hooking it up.
Close the case and reconnect the power cord and other
Turn on the computer and let it boot up.
Open the "My Computer" folder and make sure there
is a new icon for the drive that you just installed.
XP will generally recognize it automatically, but if it
doesn't you'll have to reboot the computer and open the CMOS setup program.
Follow the instructions for your particular PC to open the
Check the ATA channels to make sure both are enabled in
setup and that, if you are using a master/slave setup, that the CMOS selections
match that setup.
Reboot the system.
If the CMOS settings are correct, the XP operating system
will set your drive so that it uses either digital CD playback (no audio cable)
or analog playback (with audio cable). To check, open the "My
Computer" window, choose "Properties" then "Hardware"
then "Device Manager".
You'll see a "DVD/CD-ROM Drives" icon.
Click the plus sign next to DVD/CD-ROM Drives folder.
Click it, then right-click the icon for the new CD burner
Now choose "Properties".
If you don't have an audio cable, left click on the
selection box for "Enable digital CD audio for this CD-ROM device".
Insert the CD burner software disk that came with your CD
Insert the disk that came with the drive into the CD drive
and install the software following the prompts.
If the drive doesn't come with CD burner software, Windows
XP comes with a lite version of Roxio's Easy CD Creator that detects blank CDs.
Just insert a blank CD in the burner and XP offers you a
"burn CD" option when you have autoplay set up for the CD-drive.
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