Installing an Internal CD-ROM Drive

By: Justin Weber
September 5, 2008


1 x CD-ROM Drive
1 x CD-ROM Driver (it helps if this is the correct driver)
1 x Computer
1 x IDE Cable


1. Remove all cables from the machine and take off the cover
2. Locate the Secondary IDE Port on the Motherboard
3. If a cable is already attached, check the number of devices available and their designations
4. If there is no cable, attach your cable to the port on the motherboard.
5. Change the jumper settings on the CD-ROM drive to make it a slave
6. Attach the CD-ROM to a spare IDE Connector (Knobbly bit upwards) and attach a power lead
7. If the computer contains a soundcard, attach a DA (Digital Audio) lead to the soundcard and
to the port on the back of the CD-ROM Drive.
8. Re-attach the cables to the back of the computer and turn it on.
9. If the computer has Windows 95/98 installed on it, then it should automatically recognise the
CD-ROM. This means that there will be no need for a driver to be installed.
10. If a driver is required (ie. the CD-ROM is not automatically detected), then insert the driver
disk and run the installation program (usually called INSTALL.EXE or SETUP.EXE).
11. Once this has completed and changed startup files as needed, then reboot the computer.
12. If all is working OK, switch off the computer, screw in the CD-ROM, replace the case and
cables et voila!

Originally Written By Jon Sawers

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