Configuring IDE Burners

The following information can be applied when configuring a CD Burner, DVD Burner, CD ROM, DVD ROM and hard drive that are connected via the IDE ports on the motherboard.

As you have seen in the CD Burner IDE Hardware Guide there isn't really much to look at regarding the hardware itself, if all is ruled out as a cause and you still have issues seeing the drive in the BIOS then it highly possible its a IDE configuration problem - you can also try to troubleshoot the IDE Burner.

Jumpering IDE

Configuring an IDE CD Burner or any other IDE Device is also known as "Jumpering the Drive".
On the back of the CD Burner or DVD Burner you should see little pins with two usually covered by a plastic cap that can be removed. One the Burner it should state MA, SL and AS, some drives may vary so you may need to check with the CD Burner or DVD Burner manufacture. MA stands for Master; SL is Slave and AS is Auto Select and these tells which priority it will have going to the IDE port, either Master or Slave.

You will need to determine what the CD Burner or DVD Burner will be configured as by looking at the connection to the motherboard. Your motherboard will have two IDE ports; also known as IDE channels, which are named Primary & Secondary. It is likely the IDE cable connecting your hard drive to the motherboard will be connected to the Primary IDE Channel and "jumpered" as Master, giving it the highest priority to the ports.

The following configuration is a highly recommended when installing a CD Burner or DVD Burner.

Primary Master - Hard Drive
Primary Slave - CD ROM or Blank
Secondary Master - CD Burner or DVD Burner
Secondary Slave - Blank

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