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Computer Help

Posted: April 19th, 2011, 12:14 am
by louisey
Can you take a DVD-ROM drive from a computer tower with Windows 1998 and use it on a computer with XP? I got a bunch of games I wanted to install on this computer, but it turns out that this computer doesn't have a DVD-ROM Drive! Just a CD-ROM drive with the capability to burn CD-ROMs...

Re: Computer Help

Posted: April 20th, 2011, 10:15 pm
by Incito
louisey wrote:Can you take a DVD-ROM drive from a computer tower with Windows 1998 and use it on a computer with XP? I got a bunch of games I wanted to install on this computer, but it turns out that this computer doesn't have a DVD-ROM Drive! Just a CD-ROM drive with the capability to burn CD-ROMs...
Short answer, yes.
Just make sure your bios sees the device. BUt should be no problem.

Re: Computer Help

Posted: April 21st, 2011, 12:34 am
by Atarix777
And don't forget to set the "Jumper" to the right setting...

Watch if your actual CD ROM is set to "Slave", "Master" or "Cable select" (you can see that when u take it out of your computer on the backside where you have to connect the power- and probably IDE cable) and put the DVD ROM's Jumper into the same positon before building it in.

It will not work if you try to run two MASTERS or SLAVES on one Cable.

Re: Computer Help

Posted: April 21st, 2011, 5:26 am
by Hierophant
It's great that we have some clever people here with special areas of expertise. :SM:

Re: Computer Help

Posted: April 21st, 2011, 8:39 am
by Nostalgia
Great advice in this thread.

It's been a while but yeah i'm pretty sure newer motherboards are more forgiving in terms of master/slave drives, pretty much the only rule 'back in the day' when I was a tech on Windows 98 era PCs was to keep burners on their own port (meaning they would be set to master with the pin on their own slot) but you probably don't even need to do that anymore.

But yeah, it's generally super-easy to build your own PC from scratch these days. No floppy drives no nothin'. You can even format from a flash drive (usb stick) if you enable it in the BIOS (easier than it sounds... All you need to do is turn on your PC and press the key that it tells you to press to get into the BIOS and go from there).

I've had my current PC (which was already built for me) for about 7 years so I'm a bit rusty, but it really is simple these days and has always been pretty simple. Just be sure to earth yourself (have no power connected and touch the inside metal casing and don't be standing on carpet) before touching any hardware inside your PC.

But as Incito said, short answer is yes, lol. I just like talking geeky :P

Re: Computer Help

Posted: April 21st, 2011, 6:44 pm
by Hierophant
Good point about static electricity, Nos. You don't wanna give any sensitive components an irregular jolt. :bow: