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How to Build a Computer with an
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 (pin 1).

77.  Connect 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.

78.  Locate 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.

81.  Plug 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.

83.  Unwrap 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 connector.

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 power cord.

86.  Fold-up the excess drive and flat cables and zip-tie them.

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 drives.

88.  Connect 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.

Your computer should now look like the one in the picture to the right.








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