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Need to switch my cd drive already installed in my computer to slave position in order to install new sony dvd drive and be able to run both on my computer, not to familiar with performing these actions

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Refer to the picture below:

The CD drive should have 3 jumper pins labeled Master (MA), Slave(SL) and Cable Select (CL) at the back near the interface ribbon cable.  In this picture the green jumper is in the Master position.  To make it a Slave drive, you need to remove the jumper and place it in the middle pair called SL.  You may have to remove the CD drive if you can't access it while in the system.  When you put in the new DVD drive ensure that its' jumper is in the Master positon.  The drives will not work if both have jumpers in the same position.


Get back to me if you need more help.


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Check the IDE cables inside your computer.
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