How to Build a Computer
AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
Part 6 - Install the Drives
Last updated: 5/3/2001
75. Tip the chassis back on its right side.
76. Plug the end without the twist of the floppy
disk drive cable that came with the motherboard into the motherboard in the
connector labeled "FDD1" with the red stripe towards the right
the other end, after the twist, to the floppy drive with the red stripe down
and away from the power connector.
Most motherboards have the pin one of the floppy connector
going in the same direction as the IDE connectors; this one doesn't. Many
floppy drives have pin 1 towards the power connector.
one of the power supply cable with a 3 1/2" drive power connector and
connect it into the 3 /12" floppy drive.
79. Plug-in the computer power cord, make sure the
monitor is still attached, turn-on the computer, put a bootable floppy with
something on it in the floppy drive, and verify that the drive works.
If the floppy drive LED stays on all of the time,
the flat cable is plugged-in backwards.
80. Verify that the flat cable going to the CD-ROM
is still fully plugged into the CD-ROM--push on it. Connect the other
end of the cable to the motherboard connector labeled "IDE2" or "IDE4," with
the red stripe to the right.
You have a choice here with this motherboard. It
has two IDE disk controllers, each of which has two IDE interfaces and
can support two drives on a cable plugged into each interface. One
is the normal controller you will see on almost every motherboard and
the other is the RAID controller. Each controller uses two interrupts. If
you do not need both controllers (you have four or fewer drives), it
is advisable to use one controller and disable the other in the CMOS
Setup. The RAID controller supports ATA/100 drives and the normal
controller has an ATA/66 interface. ATA/100 hard disks will work
with either controller. The drive we used cannot go faster than
an ATA/66 interface. If the RAID controller is enabled, the computer
takes longer to boot. The normal drive controller on newer versions
of the motherboard support ATA/100 interfaces. If you do not need
RAID, buy the non-RAID version of the board.
5 1/4" power connector furthest from the power supply on the cable with
three of these connectors into the CD-ROM.
82. Power-up the computer and see if it detects the
CD-ROM drive. Power-down.
the remaining 80-Conductor (40-pin) ATA/66/100 hard disk cable and
plug the blue plug into the motherboard connector labeled "PRIMARY" with
the red stripe to the left. Plug the black connector at the other end
of the cable into the hard disk drive with the red stripe towards the power
ATA/66/100 cables vary. The ends may be tagged
instead of color coded or both. Some of them have a blue stripe
instead of red stripe on them.
84. Plug the other power connector on the cable attached
to the floppy disk drive into the hard disk drive.
85. Plug-in the power cord and see if the computer
detects the hard disk drive. If so, turn-off the power and unplug the
86. Fold-up the excess drive and flat cables and
Do not pull the zip-tie too tight. I've seen
them chaff the insulation on flat cables and expose the wires .
87. Power-up and verify that the system detects all
the remaining front panel cables.
89. Verify that both LEDs work and the RESET switch
functions. The wires going to the Power LED and hard disk LED can be
reversed to get the correct polarity with the computer on without doing harm. This
case has no key lock. SMI and the Suspend LED headers are not used.
90. Fold-up the excess front panel wires and neatly
zip-tie them together.
computer should now look like the one in the picture to the right.
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