Question about ASUS M3A76-CM Motherboard

1 Answer

Data cable from cd drive

Just bought a asus motherboard for my hp pavillion and don't know how to connect strap type cable to the motherboard??? will this board work or do i need to connect anther type of cable or buy new cd drives???  asus msa76-cm

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert that has over 500 points.


    An expert who has answered 200 questions.

  • Expert
  • 289 Answers

Okay google these, and tell us what it is: IDE, Sata, or SCSI.
If you don't have the same connection on both the computer and drive, then you need a new drive then that has that connection, my suggestion is to go to best buy and ask them if they have a * to * (the stars are what you need, and what you have) or get a new drive with that * (one you have)

Posted on Sep 27, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

2 Answers

Building computer from scratch need to know where cords connect

Not a problem hicksdusty3

Post the motherboard manufacturer name, and model number.

In the meantime here is a Generic guide, (Which I despise posting),

Power cables;

IDE (PATA) data cable information,

SATA data cable information,

The plastic front of your computer is the Front Panel.

The area of contact pins on the motherboard, that the Main wires from the Front Panel go to, is the Front Panel header.
Known by many names, and abbreviations.

I CANNOT give you the Front Panel pinout, without knowing what Exact motherboard we are dealing with here.

Can't tell you where to attach what cable to where, on the motherboard, or any peripherals.
(Harddrive/Optical Drive {CD/DVD drive)

I also need to know if the Harddrive is an IDE (PATA) unit, or a SATA unit.
Same with the optical drive/s.

Post back in a Comment.


Mar 01, 2013 | HP Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Find socket for hard drive

HP part number 5188-5473 brings up the Asus A8N-LA motherboard, made especially for HP,

The rest of the number/letters do me no good.

I will elate some information based on the above, and see if it does you any good;

1) The Asus A8N-LA has connectors for two types of Harddrives;

A) IDE. Also known as PATA.

This type of Harddrive uses a flat ribbon IDE(PATA) data cable,

Another look,

(The Asus name probably won't be on it. These two IDE data cables just happen to be made by Asus )

The connectors on each end have 40 socket holes. One socket hole will be blocked off. (Or should be) ONLY 39 socket holes are used.

A look at the connector on the motherboard;

Looking at the motherboard illustration, look at the Bottom/Right corner. There are two IDE connectors. They are marked as IDE 1, and IDE 2.

Scrolling down a little bit to the motherboard photo, you will see IDE 1 connector is Black in color, and IDE 2 is Blue in color.

The IDE (PATA) harddrive's data cable goes to IDE 1.
Optical drive/s (CD/DVD drive) goes to IDE 2.

This is the type of power cable from the Power Supply, that goes to an IDE (PATA) harddrive,

There is usually a square, or rectangle, or two bumps; used on the IDE ribbon cable connector, to line up with the connector on the motherboard, or harddrive, or optical drive.

It is called a Locating Lug.

This particular IDE data cable connector, has two raised bumps, for a Locating Lug.

It lines up with a Cutout in the motherboard's connector, or the harddrive's connector, or the optical drive's connector.

IF, there is NO Locating Lug, use the faint Red stripe on the side of the IDE data cable.
The red stripe is on the same side as Number 1 wire.

Number 1 wire goes to number 1 pin.
On a harddrive, or optical drive, number 1 pin is ALWAYS closest to the power cable connection,

Looking at the photo number 1 pin is on the Right side. It is closest to where the 4-pin Peripheral power cable plugs in.


Looking at the motherboard photo, the Yellow, and Blue, and Black, and White connectors; to the left of the Blue IDE connector, and Black IDE connector; are SATA connectors.

SATA 1 is Black. This is where the SATA harddrive's data cable, is supposed to plug in.

The BEAUTY of SATA though, is that you can plug the harddrive into ANY of those SATA connectors on the motherboard, and BIOS will find the harddrive. (Or any other peripheral device)

An example of a SATA data cable, and it's connector,

The red SATA connector shown below the SATA cable example, is just a different style of SATA motherboard connector; than what your motherboard uses.

Note the L-shaped opening in the SATA data cable's connector.
Lines up with the L shape on the motherboard connector, or harddrive connector, or optical drive connector.

Most SATA data cable connectors, also have a Lock on them.
Sometimes it's a Lock you can easily see.

Most times, it is a small depression you depress with your thumbnail, or a little 'bulb' you depress.
Depress/unlock to plug the cable in, or remove the cable.

The 90 degree angle connector end, (As shown), plugs into the harddrive, or optical drive. The Straight connector end plugs into the motherboard.

This is an example of a SATA power cable,

Between it, and the SATA data cable connector, it is the larger of the two.
SATA power cable connector has 15-pins.
SATA data cable connector has 7-pins.

Also note the rectangular depression on the SATA power cable's connector. That is where you depress to unlock the connector.
The SATA power cable's connector also has an L-shaped opening.

2) IF, you are trying to hook up a laptop harddrive to this motherboard, you need to determine if the laptop harddrive is an IDE (PATA) type, or a SATA type.


There is a label on the laptop harddrive. It has the manufacturer code on it. Type the number/letters in your browser search bar, and click on the search icon. (Magnifying Glass)

Now purchase an external enclosure.

The external enclosure opens up, and the laptop harddrive goes inside, and plugs into an interface.

Close the external enclosure, and plug it's USB cable into any available, open USB port on your computer.

It will be a 2.5 external enclosure.
Harddrive's are measured across their width.

A desktop harddrive is 3.5 inches across in width.
A laptop harddive is 2.5.

Example of a 2.5 IDE (PATA) external enclosure,

Example of a 2.5 SATA external enclosure,

For additional questions please post in a Comment.


Jan 28, 2013 | HP Compaq Motherboard

1 Answer

Where to cables to hard drive go?

Usually the white connectors are from the power supply for additional plug-ins. If the Hard Drive has two cables hooked into it and you can trace one to the power supply and one to the motherboard then it is connected. If everything is connected, try a different connector from the Power Supply. If that doesn't work it could be the connecting cable from the HD to the mother board, or it could be the HD has failed.

Jan 17, 2013 | HP Pavilion a350n PC Desktop

1 Answer

Bought a new asus motherboard/cpu and system crashes on install during logo screen or install file copy.

Test your PSU or replace it if your power supply units fan is not working your PSU is faulty

One bad lead can cause a computer to continue on a cycle or to shutdown or fail to detect/ boot up a computer hard drive

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA

the leads from your "((MOTHERBOARD TO YOUR HARD DRIVE))" make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them they could be faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty even the electrical extensions or just replace them they could be faulty a computer needs its connections to continue its cycle and have an end so any faulty leads will end up with a computer error even something as small as a faulty electrical extension or fan lead can cause this problem

follow the troubleshooting procedure a computer needs all of the data and electrical current to travel through every device and to have an end to be able work properly

a motherboard and a hard drive any leads between them will fail before your motherboard or your hard drive if its a flat ribbon 40 pin type IDE replace it this will be the first to fail check all electrical extensions make sure they are securely seated even the cd/dvd floppy drives need to have current go through make sure these drives are working also it could be a dirty computer clean all of the dust from your computer you could use a vacuum cleaner but whatever you use make absolutely sure there is no moisture gets to anything in your computer and before you touch anything be sure to wear an earth strap hope this helps

May 28, 2011 | ASUS M4A79XTD EVO Motherboard

2 Answers

Problems with a dvd drive in my hp pavillion dv6545eg! my vista can`t find the drive no more

Try to update your drivers from here:

Remember to select 32 or 64 bit system.

Try also to look in device manager
how old your drivers are.

Did you installed the service packs
from microsoft ??

If not run the program in your start button.

Try also to clean the lens in the drive but be carefull.

Hope thi will help.

Feb 24, 2011 | Pavilion 404012-1C0 Plug-In Module CD-ROM...

3 Answers

Need to know which is master, slave and cable select

these may vary depending on the make of your hard drive

enable cable select:I:: master or single driveI:::

The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:

IDE-0 means Pri master ?
IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
IDE-2 means Sec master ?
IDE-3 means Sec slave ?


The options listed for 1st,2nd ,3rd Boot device include:

IDE-0 means Pri master ?
IDE-1 means Pri slave ?
IDE-2 means Sec master ?
IDE-3 means Sec slave ?


? single or master :::::

master with slave ::'::

???????????????? slave? :::':

note the plastic jumper is ' located at the rear of the hard drive next to the IDE/SATA lead/s

hope this helps

Jan 23, 2011 | Computers & Internet

3 Answers

My seagate sata 500gb barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS not booting.and showing black screen.I can`t install windows because no drive is showing .please help.

If your hard drive is an IDE type, the data cable that connects it to the motherboard will be a flat (usually gray colored) cable that has three 40 pin female connectors on it. If it is an 18" cable, the 2 connectors that go to IDE devices (hard drive or CD-ROM) will be spaced about 6" apart at one end of the cable and the connector that connects to the motherboard will be at the far end of the cable. Also, the cable will have a red stripe along one side of it. The stripe is an indicator of where pin # 1 is on the cable.
Since the IDE cable connects to two devices, there has to be a way for the motherboard controller to know what is connected to each connector. This is accomplished by small straps called jumpers on the rear of the IDE devices. The jumper choices are Cable Select (CS), Master (MA), and Slave (SL).
If your hard drive is strapped as master you must connect it to the connector at the end of the cable. ( If there is a second device on the cable it must be strapped as slave.)
If your hard drive is strapped as Cable Select it is usually connected to the end of the cable but any device on the 2nd connector must also be strapped as Cable Select.
Verify that the hard drive is strapped properly and then be sure it is connected to the drive with the red stripe side closest to the hard drive 4 pin power connector.
At the motherboard end, be sure the cable is connected with the red stripe side adjacent to pin 1. A "!" is usually marked on the motherboard next to the pin 1 of the IDE socket.
Verify that a 4 pin power connector is plugged into the connector on your hard drive and be sure it is fully inserted. .
If you have a SATA drive, the connections are easier. Verify that one end of a SATA data cable (usually red in color) is connected to your hard drive and the other to the first available SATA connector on your motherboard.. Then verify that a SATA power cable is connected to the power receptacle on your hard drive.
When you are sure your connections are correct, plug in and as you turn on your PC, hold down the delete key to enter BIOS setup. (On some machines it's the F!, F2 or F10 key).
Once in BIOS setup, first scroll through all the menus and make sure that all on-board IDE and SATA devices show that they are set for ENABLED or Auto (If you see DISABLED, change it to ENABLED.)
Then, press the Enter key to select the first display screen, ususally titled "Standard CMOS Features". Your Hard Drive should be listed under IDE or Sata devices. If it is, follow the on-screen instructions to get to the Boot Menu. If this hard drive is the device that you want to load your operating system from, be sure it is listed as one of the boot choices.
If the CMOS does not see your hard drive, then you need to have the drive and your PC tested by a PC technician to determine what the problem is.
If you have any additional questions contact me by clicking on the "Add a comment" link located under your problem description on FixYa. Also, if you believe that this information was helpful to you, please return to the FixYa website and rate my response to your question.
Best regards,

Dec 19, 2010 | Seagate ST3500418AS 500GB 7200RPM SATA...

2 Answers

Hard disk not getting detected.Seagate 80 GB

One bad lead can cause a computer to fail to detect a hard drive continue on a cycle or to shutdown

Test all leads that attach to your hard drive including electrical extensions,IDE,SATA and

the leads from your motherboard to your hard drive make sure they have a secure connection and are not faulty or just replace them there probably old and faulty
make sure all leads that are attached to your drives dvd\cd 3 1/2 inch floppy have secure connections and are not faulty or just replace them they are probably old and faulty ?
hope this helps

Dec 11, 2010 | Seagate Computers & Internet

1 Answer

Upgrades for hp pavillion 533 such memory

This is everything I could find on your computer.

Base processor and speed Celeron 2.0 GHz
  • 400 MHz Front side
  • Socket mPGA478
Back to top Chipset 845GL Back to top Motherboard manufacturer
  • Manufacturer for computer serial numbers starting with KR and CH: Trigem Glendale
  • Motherboard for computer serial numbers starting with MX: ASUS IT8708F NOTE: The serial number can be found printed on the back of the HP Pavilion computer, or while holding down the Ctrl and Altkeyboardkeys, press S. A screen will pop up with the serial number.
Back to top Memory Component Attributes RAM (installed)

Allocated to Video 256 / 2100 DDR

Up to 64MB Maximum allowed 1 GB (requires replacement of the installed 256 DIMM) Speed supported PC2100 / PC1600 Type DDR SDRAM DIMM slots Two Open slots One Back to top Hard drive 60GB Ultra DMA Back to top DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive 16x/8x/8x/40x maximum speed Back to top Diskette drive 1.44 MB (3.5-inch) Back to top Fax and data modem Cheetah 2 V.92 Modem Back to top Video graphics Integrated Intel Extreme Graphics with up to 64MB shared memory Back to top Sound/audio Integrated AC97 audio Back to top USB specification USB 2.0 Back to top Network Integrated on motherboard: 10/100Base-T LAN interface

Dec 26, 2009 | HP Pavilion 533w (P9859AR#ABA) PC Desktop

1 Answer

Rebooting computer wen entering cd even if data cable is unplugge

I can barely understand what you are saying. But if I have it right the system reboots by itself when a CD is inserted...

NEVER remove the data cable while the power is on. [you only get away with this once or twice and then you WILL break something.]

Do not connect a HDD to the same cable as your CD drive. The CD/DVD drive should be on its own cable witt nothing else attached [80pin conductor]. The HDD should be on its own cable. It has a different cable with different configuration and is NOT suitable for your DVD/CD...

Mar 26, 2009 | ASUS P5LD2-VM Motherboard

Not finding what you are looking for?
ASUS M3A76-CM Motherboard Logo

Related Topics:

63 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top ASUS Computers & Internet Experts

Les Dickinson
Les Dickinson

Level 3 Expert

18394 Answers

Doctor PC
Doctor PC

Level 3 Expert

7733 Answers


Level 3 Expert

778 Answers

Are you an ASUS Computer and Internet Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides