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Table Of Contents  How to Build Your Own PC - Save A Buck And Learn A Lot
 9  Chapter 6: Connecting Components
      9  Connecting the Ribbon Cables

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Installing the CD-RW Ribbon Cable

While each ribbon connector can have a primary and a secondary device on it, most mainboards also support two IDE connectors on the mainboard, which are also referred to as primary and secondary. We’ll connect the secondary IDE to the CD cable first, because it’s between the floppy connector and the mainboard’s primary IDE connector (see Figure 91). Then, we’ll connect the primary mainboard IDE connector to the hard drive. To determine which IDE connector is primary, consult your mainboard manual. Any IDE ribbon cables you connect in the future will be similar to these.

First, connect the 40-pin ribbon cable to the mainboard’s secondary controller (the second IDE connection on the mainboard) as shown in Figure 95 and Figure 96.


Figure 95: Connecting the CD-RW ribbon cable to the secondary IDE connector on the mainboard

 



Figure 96: CD-RW ribbon connected to mainboard

 


Then, connect the cable to the CD-RW drive (Figure 97). Ignore any connectors in the middle of the cable and use the ends of the ribbon cable (unless you plan to connect a secondary device to the middle cable connector).


Figure 97: Connecting the ribbon cable to the CD-RW drive

Hold the connector by the black end to push it in. We intentionally had the model hold the connector by the cable so the hand didn’t completely obscure the picture. Also, when removing cables, don’t pull them by the ribbon, which could damage wires. Rather, pull them out by holding the black connector. (Figure 88 shows the back of the CD-RW drive, where the ribbon cable goes.)

 



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