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Dell Optiplex 170L did not come with a CD drive :(

I am TRYING to install XP on this Optiplex but it didn't come with an optical drive, so now I'm trying to install a CD drive but the BIOS (A07) won't see it and I can't find any instructions anywhere! The furthest I've got: EJECTING THE TRAY.

  1. First off, I don't know what cable to use to connect to the motherboard (40 wire or 80 wire?).
  2. Secondly, I don't know where to plug it on the motherboard.
  3. Third, I don't know if I'm supposed to set the jumpers to Master, Slave or Cable Select.
  4. 4th: Are the hard drive and the optical drive supposed to be on the same cable? (you know, one says Master, the other says Slave)
  5. And last but not least, is my drive even compatible? It's a Khypermedia and I have 2 of them. I always though with CD drives "if the show fits..."

How ignorant of me to think I could just stick in any random CD drive and go. The worst part about all of this is that (supposedly) I'm a "computer technician", but that's another story.

 

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NOCR
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Re: Dell Optiplex 170L did not come with a CD drive :(

Also have an external CD drive, but it won't see that either. Smiley Sad

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Re: Dell Optiplex 170L did not come with a CD drive :(

Hi Nocr,

Here's the manual. I'm sure that will be helpful. The jumper should be set to cable select and you should use an 80-wire cable.

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Re: Dell Optiplex 170L did not come with a CD drive :(

I have tried 3 drives with 80-wire cable all set to Cable Select and to no avail.

Do I put the CD drive on the same cable as the hard drive or does it go into one of the other slots on the motherboard?

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