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Ribbon problem thanks i know that. my problem is... theres one space for aribbon so i can uyse either the cd roms in it or the hdd, my old motherboard had room for both.

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You can try with another cable having two three connectors( one will go to motherboard

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    also swap ribbons with the hdd and see if there is still a prob. if these do not correct the prob you have a controller issue buy a controller pci card and use it or replace the board, the card is much cheaper or the last poss. is both cd roms are bad

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