How to Build a Computer
AMD Socket A Athlon or Duron Processor
Part 6 - Install the Drives
Last updated: 4/20/2001
Remove the floppy drive from its anti-static bag, orient it so the printed
circuit board is to the left and the cable connectors are towards the back
of the case, maneuver it into the second drive bay to left in the 3
1/2" drive cage, and push until it meets resistance by the front of
the drive with two "Packard Bell" screws (they look like small "chassis
screws") . Test the drive with a floppy disk to see if it is aligned
properly--insert and eject the floppy.
Do not over-torque the screws. Never over-torque
any screws securing any kind of drive. You can warp the frame and
ruin the drive. Always use the correct screws for a given drive. They
may vary with the type and manufacturer of a drive. Those supplied
with various chassis vary. A screw that is too long can also ruin
the hard disk from its anti-static bag, check that the jumper is in its default
position (Master with no Slave drive present. Some drives may have
to be set for C/S or Chip Select), orient it so the bottom of the drive is
to the left and the cable connectors are to the rear, slid
it into the bay furthest to the left, and align the holes. Secure the
drive with two screws at the front and back. The middle hole
the locking lever on the 3 1/2 drive cage towards the rear (OPEN position),
slid the bay back and then up to remove it from the chassis.
64. Set the cage on the workbench and finish securing
the drives with the appropriate screws, two screws per drive.
65. Put the drive bay back in the computer (down
and slid forward), lock it in place by pushing the lever forward to the closed
position, grasp the drive bay and make sure it is properly locked into place,
and test the floppy drive again.
66. Reach into the case and push out the top 5 1/4" drive
bay dust cover and put it in the motherboard box.
67. Remove the CD-ROM drive from its plastic bag
and put it's driver floppy, audio cable, and safety instructions in the motherboard
the CD-ROM drive as a Master drive. A pair of forceps helps with this
CD-ROMs will generally run faster set as a Master
drive. Most of them come jumpered as Slave drive and that setting
69. Remove one of the 80-conductor ATA/66/100 IDE
hard disk cable that came with the motherboard from the plastic containing
Not all motherboards come with a second drive cable. A
regular 40-conductor IDE cable will work just fine with ATA/33, UDMA33
70. Plug the last connector at the end of this cable
that has two connectors on it into the CD-ROM drive so the red stripe is
toward the power connector.
71. Plug the appropriate end of the CD-ROM audio
cable into the AUDIO OUT jack on the CD-ROM drive, with the red wire oriented
as shown on the back of the drive.
72. Feed the cables, followed by the CD-ROM drive
into the top bay of the case and secure the drive with two of the screws
that came with the drive.
Not all CD-ROM drives come with mounting screws. Packard-Bell
screws will work. Don't over-torque them.
73. Tip the case upright and install the two remaining
screws for the CD-ROM drive.
74. Inspect the front of the case and be sure the
exposed drives are properly aligned, flush with the front, and present a
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