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Installed new optical drive. Mac won't boot with optical drive connected to the IDE cable. Boots fine with the optical drive disconnected. Tried another cable, no joy. Tried another new drive, same issue. What am I doing wrong?

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There is a little jumper on the back of the drive .. that has to be set correctly .. if your hard drive is set as a master (almost always is) then your optical dirve has to be set as a slave .. look on the drive and a pictorial will show you how to set the jumper correctly .. or just put the jumper on the same way the original drive was set ..some computers use "cable select" .. thats where the cable itself is wired in a special way that sets up the drive .. also make sure the cable is not plugged in to the device off one pin .. left, rigtht or up, down .. make sure its not plugged in upside down .. there should be a key that prevents that but it can be forced ..

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