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Installation/Upgrade Guide for CD/DVD/CDRW Drives

Installation/Upgrade Guide for CD/DVD/CDRW Drives


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The following general-purpose advice is provided as a free service to our customers and visitors. Actual procedure may vary among brands. Read your product user manual carefully before any installation. Directron.com is not responsible for any damage as a result of following any of these advice. You are welcome to distribute these tips and guides free to your friends and associates as long as it's not for commercial purposes.

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Setting Jumpers

The mode select jumpers are six straight angle pins located on the rear of the drive. By placing a jumper on the pins, you can select the following functions:
  • CS: - Drive is configured using host interface signal CSEL
  • SL: - Configures drive as Slave
  • MA: - Configures drive as Master (factory default mode most time)
In most installations, jumper should remain in MA position. It is recommended that you install your CD/DVD/CDRW drive only on the secondary IDE BUS using its own IDE cable. If you are installing on primary IDE BUS, your hard drive would then be the Master, and you should set your CD/DVD/CDRW as Slave (SL). In this latter situation, the CD/DVD/CDR drive has to share the IDE cable with the hard drive, which may slow down the hard drive.

Placing the CD/DVD/CDRW drive inside your computer.
  • Disconnect power from your computer system before installation.
  • Remove computer cover and faceplate if required. Refer to your computer system's manual for removal information. If a DVD-ROM is replacing a CD-ROM, remove CD-ROM presently installed in your system.
  • The new CD/DVD/CDRW-ROM drive can be placed in any free half-height drive, 5.25" slot at the front of your computer. Make sure your IDE BUS ribbon cable is long enough to reach the drive.
  • Carefully slide the drive into the opening with the disc tray facing the front of the computer. Tighten the drive to the metal frame. Or consult your case manual for details on how to mount 5.25" drives.
  • Note: For some computer cases, you may need to remove a floppy drive to install a CD/DVD/CDRW drive.
Connecting cables
  • IDE BUS Interface Data Cable (normally not supplied with CD/DVD/CDRW-ROM drives). This is the cable that transmits data between your drive and computer. Your computer system should have a primary and secondary IDE BUS, with your hard drive most likely being the Master on the Primary BUS. Connect BUS cable to the drive, assuring that pin 1 of cable (side with red stripe or line) is connected to pin 1 of CD/DVD/CDRW interface connector, which is most often close to the power connection.
  • If the drive is set to Slave mode, you must use the connector in the middle of the IDE cable. Use the connector at the end of the cable if the drive is set to Master mode.
  • The other end of the IDE cable connects to the system's IDE controller, most often, on your motherboard. Again, align the colored edge of the IDE cable to Pin 1 of the BUS connector.
  • DC Power Cable - Connect an internal computer DC power supply cable to the power socket at the back of the CD/DVD/CDRW drive. This cable supplies DC voltage from the power supply to the drive. One side of the plug has chamfered edges, so the power connector fits only one way. Push plug completely into the socket making sure the plug fits correctly.
  • Analog Audio Cable - If you have a sound card and speakers and would like to play audio CDs on your computer, you will need to get an audio/sound cable. The audio cable connects to your sound card at one end and the other end connects to the digital audio connector at the rear of the CD/DVD/CDRW drive. Refer to the instructions which came with your sound card for details on any sound-driver software requirement. Or consult the sound card section of Directron.com.
  • Digital Audio Connector - This is often included in DVD's for high-quality digital audio.
Reassembling the computer
  • Put the computer's cover back on. Screw and tighten the case cover. Note: Do not leave any loose screws inside your computer.
  • Reconnect any external cables disconnected earlier.
Software driver
  • Most CD/DVD/CDRW-ROM drives are "plug n' play" as a CD-ROM drive to read data from CD's. In Windows, when you apply power to your computer and boot-up, the system will recognize new hardware, and begin installing Window's ATAPI driver. If you prefer using DOS, you can download an ATAPI driver from the Internet.
  • To use your CD/DVD/CDRW-ROM drive for other applications such as listening to music, watching DVD or LCD movies, and writing data onto blank CDRW CDs, you must use special software just designed for these applications. DVD drives need either a hardware or a software decoder to play DVD CD's. Consult the manual for the installation and usage of such applications.
How to operate a CD/DVD/CDRW drive
  • Details of how to operate a CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, and CDRW-ROM drive vary greatly from one drive to the other and are beyond the scope of this guideline. Please consult the operations manual for details. Here are some common features that may be interesting to most users:
  • Some CD/DVD/CDRW drives can be set up in vertical positions. You may use the disc locks that are built-in the CD tray to prevent your disc from falling. You do not need to lock the disc when the drive unit is used in a horizontal position.
  • You do not need a sound card to use the headphone jack in the front of the drive to listen to music CD's. This is often used to diagnose problems with sound cards, when no audio sound is heard from the output of sound cards.
  • The volume control in the front of the drive controls only the audio volume from the headphone jack. The sound from the headphone jack is not amplified, so its output power is limited.
If you encounter any problems during installation, please e-mail our tech support department, support@directron.us. Please reference your order number and item. You may also call 1-713-773-9696 during our office business hours, 9-6 Monday-Friday. Directron.com customers receive FREE technical support for LIFE.

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Instalation problems - Jul 14, 2003
Reviewer: Beno Pehani
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