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How do I install a DVD drive as well as my CD-RW?

My system currently has a hard drive and cd-rw connected to the single IDE connector on my motherboard. How do I connect a DVD writer as well when I only have the one IDE connector???? I have a BenQ 5232X-0C3 52x32x52 drive. I just installed it in my computer but the computer isnt detecting it. I connected the IDE cable, power cable and a little black 3 or 4 wire connector. The drive opens and closes, spins the disk and the green light is on but the happens on the computer. please help.

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    Different model of computer but same thing is happening to me. The DVD just won't read... Don't know what to do

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I just added dvd-rw in my computer and the computer know it is there but,but it turns and lights up and nothing. What can I do to fix this?

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How do I connect a DVD writer as well when I only have the one IDE connector????
I have a BenQ 5232X-0C3 52x32x52 drive. I just installed it in my computer but the computer isnt detecting it. I connected the IDE cable, power cable and a little black 3 or 4 wire connector. The drive opens and closes, spins the disk and the green light is on but the happens on the computer. please help.

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Mst...First, get your manual out. the drive must be set to be a secondary device unless it is not. You say you have only one IDE...did you remove the CDR? If you have a second IDE or other board connector, then this drive is primary on that. Now, did you install the drivers for the unit? You can use your CDR to do that or get them from the website of the manufacturer. Are there any bent pins on either the motherboard or the back of your drive? Somewhere in there is an answer.

If you have only one drive connector set, you can get a board which will allow you to setup additional drives. Ask your dealer.

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