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    2 CD Players into 1 IDE Socket?

    All,

    My son wants to put an additional CD/DVD drive into his computer. I think he has only 1 IDE socket available on the motherboard. Can he plug both drives into one socket?

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    Douglas

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    Re: 2 CD Players into 1 IDE Socket?

    Yes, you can put 2 IDE devices (even CD/DVD drives) on one IDE connection. Take a look at this link; it has some really good detail including pictures.

    Your two optical drives will have a three position jumper on the back. You can position the jumper to make the drive a master device, slave device or cable select (CS). Check your documentation for instructions on the proper settings. Sometimes the diagram on the drive will make it clear how to do this.

    I would set one drive up as the Master device and the other as the Slave device. Then make sure you position the drives so that they plug into the correct positions on the cable. In the picture below, the blue connector plugs into the mother board, the black connector goes to your Master device and the grey connector is used for the Slave device.

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    Re: 2 CD Players into 1 IDE Socket?

    Ricky,

    Thank you for the response and the link to the detailed article. The drives arrived today and my 13 year old is busy doing the installation. Hopefully all will go well.

    D.

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    Re: 2 CD Players into 1 IDE Socket?

    Good luck <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>, let us know how it goes.

    StuartR

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