No CD-ROM IDE port... ?!

Posted on 2006-11-09
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
My mobo came with 3 IDE cables; one for my HDD, one for my floppy, and another for my CD-ROM..

However, I can only find the ports on the mobo for the HDD and floppy IDEs; no CD-ROM!? :'(

erm.... what to do?

I'm guessing that I can't shove the secondary HDD port into the CD-ROM..? lol

Question by:InteractiveMind
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David-Howard earned 100 total points
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Your motherboard connectors should be listed as HDD1 and HDD2 or perhaps Primary and Secondary. These connectors are for the hard drive(s) and the CD-ROM. You can connect the CD-ROM to the Secondary connector. You can also chain the CD-ROM and the Hard drive together on one IDE cable and use the Primary motherboard connector. If you do this, set the CD-ROM jumpers to Slave and the Hard drive jumper to Master.
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ID: 17907494
I don't quite follow...

The problem is, there's only 1 port that either the HDD or CD-ROM IDE's can go into; and having taken a second look, I can't shove one of the HDD ends into the CD-ROM drive (because it won't reach!) :-S
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Sounds like the board has SATA connectors and expect you would use them for your hard drives, the IDE for optical drives.
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by:Sham Haque
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i guess you only got supplied with 2-way IDE connectors (ie 1 plug at either end), in which case you will need to purchase a 3-way IDE cable (with 1 at each end, and one in the middle) in order to daisy-chain your HDD and CD-ROM (as David-Howard suggested) (if you only have one IDE connector on your mobo).
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zephyr_hex (Megan) earned 150 total points
ID: 17907556
if your cable isn't long enough to reach, you may need to buy a new cable.  as mentioned above, your mobo won't have a spot for a hdd, a cd rom and a floppy (at least, most do not).  most mobo's have a connection for a floppy, and IDE and maybe a SATA.  if yours is just 1 IDE and 1 Floppy, then your cd-rom will need to go on the same cable as the hdd.  some of those cables are short, and it's hard to get them to reach.  you can always buy longer ones if it's too tight of a fit.

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ID: 17907723
what is your mobo model ?
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Author Comment

ID: 17907747
you can see it here:

whilst my mobo supports SATA, neither my HDD nor my optical drive seems to..

so I just need a longer IDE cable?

Expert Comment

ID: 17907820
look at this link
this is an image for your mobo
if you look at the Blue IDE -at the bottom or your picture- under the power supply input , this is the main Firs IDE on your mobe,
the second is on the right of it -black one- IDE 2.
The third one -the floppy - is on the left -black too- but it is not in the same direction like it's brothers.
And of course your mobo support SATA

i hope this help you
Best Regards

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by:My name is Mud
ID: 17908460
>>I can't shove one of the HDD ends into the CD-ROM drive (because it won't reach!)

Did you put your HDD to set to Master and the CD to Slave??? or just put both to Cable Select...

and the spec. on the link you gave it says it has 2 IDE ports...

VIA VT8237A : ATA-133 - connector(s): 2 x 40pin IDC & VIA VT8237A : Serial ATA-150 - connector(s): 2 x 7pin Serial ATA - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / JBOD & Serial ATA-300 - connector(s): 1 x 7pin Serial ATA, 1 x 7pin external SATA - RAID 0 / RAID 1 / JBOD
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ID: 17912586
a point of warning :
on those boards, you need to install the driver for the second IDE port first, before it will function.
Since driver is on the CD, i suggest connecting disk and cd  drive as master and slave to the BLUE connector first, install xp and the drivers, ; then connect the cd to the other IDE port
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Author Comment

ID: 17914826
A longer cable does the job :)

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