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Is it possible to run two CD drives with the jump cable?

I have a Dell CPx, and it has the cable that allows you to run both a floppy disk drive, and the CD at the same time. Does anyone know how, if it is even possible, to run an additional CD drive, with a CD drive inserted into the computer? I have hooked it up, but it still shows that the additional drive that I have added with the cable, is a floppy, when it is actually a CD/RW DVD ROM drive. If anyone out there has the answer, or knows how to configure it, I would appreciate you letting me know at thomsonprof@msn.com.
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Tom

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  • thomsonprof Jun 08, 2008

    It figures. I own about 15 Dell Latitudes, as I use to do lease buy backs, and sell them at the HamFest in Dayton, Ohio a few years back. I can take them apart, fix them, and do just about anything with them, but for the life of me, I could not figure this optical thing out. The one that I currently use as my personal laptop has a regular CD-ROM, and whenever I put a CD/RW or DVD into the port on the computer, it takes the whole system down for some reason, and just will not work. I have no idea what the problem is, as I have never had this happen to me. I just was hoping that I could ad the CD/RW to the jump cord to burn CD's, but I guess that is impossible!! Thanks for all of your help!!

    Tom

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The Latitude CPx only has the capability of running 2 IDE devices (1 HDD, 1 CD-ROM) The optical drive can be connect via the drive bay in the chassis or the Cable. If Optical drive is connected via cable only the floppy can be used in the bay.

In short, you can't use 2 optical drives at once.

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