Upgrader - Installing a CD-RW drive

STEP 1 Set up the drive's ID number (circled) before you place the drive in its bay. If you have no other SCSI devices in your system, then the default setting may suffice, but if you have other SCSI devices you will need to set the ID number so it doesn't clash with those devices.

STEP 2 Find a free 5.25in bay and secure the drive using four screws.

STEP 3 Locate a free PCI slot and remove the backing bracket to install your SCSI adapter. If your drive came bundled with an adapter card, use it; otherwise, you will need to purchase a card that is compatible with your drive.

Place the card into this slot and secure it using the screw that previously held the backing bracket.

STEP 4 Make the connection from the SCSI adapter to the drive using the appropriate cable for your interface, making sure that the orientation of the pins is correct. The coloured edge of the cable indicates pin 1. Also, give the drive some power.

STEP 5 Boot up the PC. You will need to install a device driver for the SCSI adapter in order for the drive to be recognised. When the machine loads into Windows, it will alert you to the fact that a new device was found. At this point, place either your supplied CD-ROM or floppy disk into the drive and proceed to the appropriate directory to install the drivers for the card. Correct installation of your SCSI card will show no problems in device man-ager (right). Make sure that you can access the new drive by going to Explorer and, to make sure it works, pop in a data CD and try to access it. All you will need to do now is install the burning software that came bundled with the drive.

If you want your new CD-RW drive to function as your audio CD player, too, you will need to connect your audio cable from your soundcard or motherboard to your drive.

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