What you need to know about IDE Connections
and their Jumper Settings
- Integrated Drive Electronics
- Most consumer hard drives, CD-ROM/Burner/DVD drives, and internal ZIP drives are IDE devices
- An IDE cable can connect to a maximum of 2 devices, of any combination.
- All IDE devices have a series of six jumper connectors on their back ends. These are set in three rows of 2 vertical connectors.
- One set of two connectors is labeled "Master" (MA). One is labeled "Slave" (SL), The third is labeled "Cable Select" (CS).
- See below left for an example of the jumper connector labeling.
- The jumpers must be set correctly if the computer is to distinguish between the two devices on a single cable.
- If there is one device on a cable, it has to have a jumper covering the two connectors labeled "Master" (MA).
- If there are more than one device on a single cable, one has to be the master, and one has to be the slave.
- In the above right figure, the connectors labeled "SL" have a jumper covering them. This device is labeled as a slave.
- The figure below provides a summary of IDE connections and jumper setting rules.
The cable select setting is rarely seen here. Both devices must be set to "CS", and a special cable must be used.
IDE device. Can be the hard drive, CD-ROM, or ZIP drive.
The burner will not function as a burner until CD burning software is installed.
- Installation is just like any other USB install.
- Insert the USB cable into the computer and allow for a detection
- The system will install USB drivers for the particular device, but.........
- The burner will only be seen as a CD-ROM unless it is in Win XP, or until you install CD-Burning software!
- The DVD will function as a DVD only in Win XP or Windows with Media Player 8. In previous versions of Windows, you need to install DVD playback software!