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Want to Disable Old CD Drive, Can't Remove It

  1. #11


    Holy cow, the thread freaking exploding.

    But yeah. Running Windows 8.1 on an ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe.

    DVD and CD Drive are connected together with an ASUS CD-ROM Drive Cable. The CD Drive is the first one on the line and then the DVD Drive is after that, since its intended for two drives and they both connect to the motherboard. Same deal with the power connectors which might be 4 pin connectors? Oh well, guess I can try tomorrow and see what happens.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by IllusionaryInno View Post
    Holy cow, the thread freaking exploding.

    But yeah. Running Windows 8.1 on an ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe.

    DVD and CD Drive are connected together with an ASUS CD-ROM Drive Cable. The CD Drive is the first one on the line and then the DVD Drive is after that, since its intended for two drives and they both connect to the motherboard. Same deal with the power connectors which might be 4 pin connectors? Oh well, guess I can try tomorrow and see what happens.
    I'm running the same MB with win 8.1.1 no IDE or PATA cables however after all this board has 2 SATA 3 6 GB ports, Trying to think back as two whether you will need to change the jumpers on the back side of the DVD or CD I lost track of which one you want to get rid of and the other to Keep. If I remember right there use to be a label that showed you which pins to use for Master or Slave. I would just pull it out and put anything in the hole old sock or what ever.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by IllusionaryInno View Post
    Holy cow, the thread freaking exploding.

    But yeah. Running Windows 8.1 on an ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe.

    DVD and CD Drive are connected together with an ASUS CD-ROM Drive Cable. The CD Drive is the first one on the line and then the DVD Drive is after that, since its intended for two drives and they both connect to the motherboard. Same deal with the power connectors which might be 4 pin connectors? Oh well, guess I can try tomorrow and see what happens.
    I'm running the same MB with win 8.1.1 no IDE or PATA cables however after all this board has 2 SATA 3 6 GB ports, Trying to think back as two whether you will need to change the jumpers on the back side of the DVD or CD I lost track of which one you want to get rid of and the other to Keep. If I remember right there use to be a label that showed you which pins to use for Master or Slave. I would just pull it out and put anything in the hole old sock or what ever.
    Oh god the Jumpers. Whelp time to find a set of tweezers then.

    Looking in the Device Manager...

    CD Drive is an LG CD-RW CED-8080B and the DVD Drive is a Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-106D if that gives any guide on the specs and age of the drives.
    EDIT:

    If this helps more...
    The location data for the Drives.

    CD Drive is
    Location 1 (Channel 1, Target 1, Lun 0)
    DVD Drive is
    Location 0 (Channel 1, Target 0, Lun 0)
    HDD is
    Location 0 (Channel 0, Target 0, Lun 0)
    Last edited by IllusionaryInno; 11 Oct 2014 at 01:13.
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  4. #14


    I have 2 - 3 year old MB that has one PATA port but also Serial and Parallel ports and a Floppy port too. One of main reasons I'm going to keep it as long as possible. I have uses for all of them.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    For reals? That's all?
    Huh, it's just since its a really old standard that I keep thinking that the top drive will NEED the power from the CD Drive.
    Each device is getting its own power from a 4-pin molex type connector (Yellow=12V, Red=5V, the other 2 are ground). On second thought, you only need to disconnect the power from the CD. If there's no power feeding to the CD then BIOS won't even see it.

    @Berton
    FYI, MASTER/SLAVE relationship is physically setup via a jumper on the IDE type CD/DVD/HD. It has nothing to do with whether you connect to the first or second connector, it is a straight thru cable after all.
    Except in the case both drives are set to CS (Cable Select) in which case drive at the end of the cable is automatically Master.
    Speaking about old drives, anybody remembers old MFM and BFI drives as well as CD-ROMs runing of dedicated controllers, my first was running of Creative Sound Blaster.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by IllusionaryInno View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by IllusionaryInno View Post
    Holy cow, the thread freaking exploding.

    But yeah. Running Windows 8.1 on an ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe.

    DVD and CD Drive are connected together with an ASUS CD-ROM Drive Cable. The CD Drive is the first one on the line and then the DVD Drive is after that, since its intended for two drives and they both connect to the motherboard. Same deal with the power connectors which might be 4 pin connectors? Oh well, guess I can try tomorrow and see what happens.
    I'm running the same MB with win 8.1.1 no IDE or PATA cables however after all this board has 2 SATA 3 6 GB ports, Trying to think back as two whether you will need to change the jumpers on the back side of the DVD or CD I lost track of which one you want to get rid of and the other to Keep. If I remember right there use to be a label that showed you which pins to use for Master or Slave. I would just pull it out and put anything in the hole old sock or what ever.
    Oh god the Jumpers. Whelp time to find a set of tweezers then.

    Looking in the Device Manager...

    CD Drive is an LG CD-RW CED-8080B and the DVD Drive is a Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-106D if that gives any guide on the specs and age of the drives.
    EDIT:

    If this helps more...
    The location data for the Drives.

    CD Drive is
    Location 1 (Channel 1, Target 1, Lun 0)
    DVD Drive is
    Location 0 (Channel 1, Target 0, Lun 0)
    HDD is
    Location 0 (Channel 0, Target 0, Lun 0)
    Sorry none of that means anything to me. Just pull them out its only a couple of screw, I'm pretty sure there will a label that tells you which pins are for master. So set the one you want to keep as master and just don't hook up the other one.
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  7. #17


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If the IDE cable is a 40 wire 40 pin, setting the jumpers to CS will not work, you have to use master slave with those old cables. If its an 80 wire 40 pin IDE cable, you can use CS for both drives, or set one as master and one as slave. When CS is used the master is the drive on the end of the cable and the slave is the drive on the middle connector. A single drive does not have to be jumpered as master to work all by itself. I've never had to switch one when unplugging another drive on the same cable. Switch the jumper if you want, but you shouldn't have to for it to work OK.
    The PC will look for the drives during the POST. If the drive is unplugged its entry just disappears from the device list in the BIOS. Unplugging an optical drive should not cause a BIOS error message. Not unless your only Boot option set is to the optical drive and there is no other optical drive connected.
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  8. #18


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,587
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    This is from the manual on the Pioneer site:
    Click image for larger version

    Just make sure the DVD drive is not jumpered as SL (Slave), if it is, then you need to jumper it as MA (Master) or (CS) Cable Select.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If the IDE cable is a 40 wire 40 pin, setting the jumpers to CS will not work, you have to use master slave with those old cables. If its an 80 wire 40 pin IDE cable, you can use CS for both drives, or set one as master and one as slave. When CS is used the master is the drive on the end of the cable and the slave is the drive on the middle connector. A single drive does not have to be jumpered as master to work all by itself. I've never had to switch one when unplugging another drive on the same cable. Switch the jumper if you want, but you shouldn't have to for it to work OK.
    The PC will look for the drives during the POST. If the drive is unplugged its entry just disappears from the device list in the BIOS. Unplugging an optical drive should not cause a BIOS error message. Not unless your only Boot option set is to the optical drive and there is no other optical drive connected.
    Thanks for the great explanation I have forgotten all that.
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  10. #20


    If you leave the unused cd drive in, at least open the tray, makes a nice cupholder.... LOL
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