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do I need to terminate an IDE controller if I dont want to use it?

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I am getting ready a PC to connect to my home LAN, this PC will be connected the the TV in my front room, it will get movies from my server PC, movies that I downloaded. The PC will not have a FDD or a CD ROM, if i take the FDD controller IDE cable out of the PC, do I need a terminator to put on the IDE socket that is on the MoBo, or should it boot up ok without an IDE cable?

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No, you won't need to terminate it. Termination is necessary for SCSI cables. The FDD is not actually an IDE device, its specification goes back to before there were HDs in computers. In any case, as long as you provide a bootable drive, your pc should come up fine. The BIOS may need new settings, but most pcs autodetect them.
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thank you.

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