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Optical Drive Installation Guide

Optical Drive Installation Guide

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After choosing an optical drive that best meets your requirements, the next step is the installation.

Note: Prior to purchasing an optical drive, it is necessary to make sure that your computer system is capable of meeting the basic requirements, including processor speed, memory capacity and hard disk size. (For more detailed information, please check the requirements on the product package or on the manufacturer website.) In addition, one or more empty 5.25-inch bays are also required on your computer case.

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Getting Started

Installation tools and other required components

Here are some helpful tools and components that will help ensure the successful installation of the optical drive:

1. Phillips screwdriver

2. Interface cable

An IDE cable connects the optical drive to the motherboard in your computer. Most optical drives come with a 40pin IDE interface. Some retail version optical drives should come with an interface cable in the package.

Important note: Newer optical drives may require a SATA cable and a free SATA header on the motherboard instead.

3. Audio cable

Most retail version optical drives come with an audio cable in the package.

4. Extra screws (optional)

In most cases, four screws will be enough for installation. Some cases use slide rails, so screws may not be required for installation.

Jumper Setup

Most IDE devices including hard disk drives and optical drives come with jumpers on the back panel to determine the device's operating mode (master or slave). Currently every drive has its own jumper setup generally with three modes: master, slave and cable select. Users with an understanding of the differences between master and slave modes can change the settings themselves; otherwise it is recommended that the jumpers be left in cable select mode to allow the system to detect the operating mode automatically.

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Installation Procedure

When everything is ready, the installation procedure can commence.

Step 1: Shut down your system

If your system is running, shut it down and remove the power cable.

Step 2: Set the jumpers

Take out the optical drive from its package and set the jumpers.

Step 3: Install the drive into one of your case's 5.25" drive bays

Remove the side panel (for most tower cases) or cover (for most desktop cases) to access the case internals and a 5.25-inch bay front panel (may require a Philips screwdriver). Slide the optical drive into the bay from the front and fasten the optical drive with screws.

Note: If the case uses slide rails, install them first.

Step 4: Attach the CD-Audio cable (optional)

Connect the CD-Audio cable to the optical drive and the CD-IN interface on your sound card (if you have one) or the motherboard.

Step 5: Attach the interface cable

Connect the IDE/SATA interface cable to the optical drive and the motherboard IDE/SATA interface.

Note: The interface cable type (IDE or SATA) is determined by your optical drive.

Step 6: Attach the power cable

Attach the power cable to the optical drive.

Note: Most optical drives come with the D-Pin power connecter; while some SATA interface optical drives require the SATA spec power connecter or a D-pin connecter with a SATA power connecter adapter.

Step 7: Boot your system

Check and make sure that all cables are securely connected; connect the system power cable and boot up your system. If there are no problems and the system boots up normally and is able to detect the new hardware, please reattach and close the side panel of cover.

Step 8: Configure your system

Some systems may require manual BIOS configurations if they are unable to do it automatically.

Note: For more information please check the motherboard user manual or contact the motherboard manufacturer.

Step 9: Install the software application

As the Windows operating systems (such as Windows 98, Windows XP) usually come with generic device drivers (may also include audio CD player software), additional drivers or software is usually unnecessary. To play DVD movies and to create/burn your own discs, you will need to install DVD player software and a burner application.

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