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Old 01-13-2005, 02:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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This might come across as a really stupid question. I just recently purchased a DVD-RW drive and I'm not exactly sure on how to install this thing. It could possibly be self explanitory once I open the tower up and explore. I've already done a few things myself inside of there - I just haven't installed a driver of such, ever! Is there anyone who can give me some tips? I know years ago when we had a computer and had our CD-RW installed we had someone do it, and we payed them! I'm not doing it this time, I'm skilled enough with computers and I think the more I learn, the more easier it should be. Everyone here seems reliable and good at this stuff. I haven't gotten the driver in the mail yet - I ordered it from Dell, since my computer is a Dell and it should arrive either this weekend or next week. If you could offer a hand of advice and some tips I'd appreciate it.

I'll be sure to let you know how it works out!
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Old 01-14-2005, 06:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi. First thing to check is the jumper setting on the rear of the DVDRW. There should be 3 pairs of pins, marked Master, slave, cable select (or M/S/CS etc).
If the drive is going to share the IDE cable with another device (usually a CDROM), one drive must be set to Master & the other to slave OR both to CS. Master drive should be at the end of the cable, slave in the middle.
If DVDRW is not sharing a ribbon cable, then just set it to Master (or CS) and connect it to the end of the cable.

Once connected, the system should recognise the drive in the BIOS & in windows even without the driver. It should also function as a normal CDROM drive. The driver is normally only necessary for burning discs.

As for installing the driver, there should be instructions on the driver disc when you receive it, telling you how to go about it.
If not, let us know, & tell us what is on the disc (i.e Writing software or driver update etc)
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