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I need a CD-ROM drive and cable for an Asus P2L-N/P2E-N board

I am trying to add a slim CD-ROM drive to my Asus motherboard. It can only be done by connecting it to their 50 pin connector on the board. I have tried a dozen as a slave on the primary IDE channel and they are either invisible or conflict the hard drive (the hard drive is set as a master).Do you know where I can buy the miniature 50 pin cable and most important where I can buy either the drive ready to install or he 50 pin to slim drive adapter board. I am speaking of the small board that attaches to the back of the drive and converts the 50 pin cable to the miniature connector that is on almost all slim laptop type drives.
I have run into this exact problem when trying to add a 50 pin cable CD-ROM drive to a thin client Unisis box and gave up on it too.

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As for the conflict with the master drive, double check the jumper settings. Some drives have different settings for Master, Slave and Single drive. When given the option, try CS (Cable Select) and them them sort it out themselves.

It's also not usually recommended to connect an optical drive on the same cable as a hard drive. Sometimes you can't help it, but the optical is going to slow down the transfer rate of the HD.

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