How to Build Your Own
Pentium III Computer
Plug-in and Power-up the Drives
Last updated: 4/14/99
and plug-in the keyboard and mouse.
The receptacles are labeled on the I/O panel. I
use a known-good shop keyboard and mouse at this stage.
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 strip towards the left (pin 1). Connect the other end, after
the twist, to the floppy drive with the red strip down and away from the
Many floppy drives have pin 1 towards the power connector.
the power supply cable with two 5 1/4" drive power connectors and one
3 1/2" drive power connectors. Plug the 3 1/2' connector
into the 3 /12" floppy.
I use this cable in case a second hard disk is installed
in the future.
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 cable is plugged-in backwards.
the computer. Fold-up the excess floppy drive cable and zip-tie
Do not pull the zip-tie too tight. I've seen
them remove the insulation on flat cables.
CD-ROM flat cable into the motherboard connector labeled "IDE2," the
one at the front of the motherboard, with the red strip to the left.
You got it: pin 1. Make sure the other end is
still fully connected to the CD-ROM--push on it.
5 1/4" power connector closest to the power supply on the cable with
two of these connectors into the CD-ROM.
Save the other cable with a 3 1/2" connector
for the 3 1/2" bay.
the computer and see if it detects the CD-ROM drive. If so, fold-up
the excess flat cable just below the drive and zip-tie it together with the
power cable going to the hard disk..
the end with the two plugs of the hard disk cable which came with the motherboard
and plug it into the connector labeled "IDE1" on the motherboard
(the one closest to the front) with the red strip to the right (pin 1).
Yes, I described this correctly; you will see why
I do this way in a minute. Plug the next connector up the cable
into the hard disk with the red trip towards the power connector (pin
the power connector closest to the power supply on the cable attached to
the floppy disk drive into the hard disk drive.
the power cord and see if the computer detects the hard disk drive. If
so, unplug the power cord.
the remaining connector, on the cable going to the hard disk drive and floppy
drive, into the Zip drive. Power-up and see if the system detects the
Zip drive. Check jumpers and cables if it doesn't.
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