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My cd-roms work seperstely but not as a pair. The small 3-prong hookup wire is not connected to anything

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  • May 11, 2010

    That small 3-prong cable doesn't need to connect anywhere. It's just an audio connector that most computers don't use anyway these days. What exactly is the trouble you're having? I don't understand what you mean that the CD drives aren't working as a pair. They are separate devices. Can you explain a little more?

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By 'work' are you referring to loading software, being able to see the drive in windows and find/access files on the drive,... or are you referring only to playing cd music directly from the drive(s). Most likely the 3 conductor wire you are referring to is specifically for the audio playback of cd music directly from the drive to the sound card. In any case, the 3 conductor audio cable is not necessary for the drive to operate.
For the moment I will assume you are adding a new or at least second cd/dvd drive to your system:
If you can only use one at a time (not being able to see at least one drive in windows when both are connected, or not see any drive when both are connected) the master/slave settings are not correct on the drives. On each of the drives is a series of pinouts between the IDE connector and the power connector. Either in front of the pins or on a label on the top of the drives you will see MA, SL, CS or Master, Slave, Cable Select. If your IDE (Flat, wide cable with 1 conductor having a red stripe has the words Master and Slave stamped on it, you may use the shortout connector and set both drives to CS). If the cable is not labeled you may not be able to use Cable Select and have to set one drive to Master and the other to Slave. In either case,.. once you set the drives appropriately, and connect the cables correctly,.. both drives will show up in windows and be accessible.
I hope this helps you with the issue.

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