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Complete hardware beginner: How to remove power cables, ribbon cables and HDD drives?

Q: Complete hardware beginner: How to remove power cables, ribbon cables and HDD drives?

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A: Complete hardware beginner: How to remove power cables, ribbon cables and HDD drives?
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A:Ribbon Cables and CD Roms

this is the one

with the std cable your only going to get ata33, with the new you should get full speed
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A:How do these ribbon cables release?

They slide both up and down the chamfered bits (left and right in the picture). One way the end of the ribbon is gripped. The other it is not. Gently pull on the blue ribbon. I think as it is shown the ribbon should be fairly free and moved to the left it will be gripped.
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A:Rounded vs Ribbon IDE Cables

Hello Jim,

Sure, if it's not much more, the rounded cables would be easier to work with and give you better airflow.

However, if within budget, you can get SATA DVD burners at some pretty good low prices these days. This would give you much better performance over your current IDE DVD burner. - sata dvd burner internal

Hope this helps,
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A:ide cables and drives

Hi There!

Using an 80 Pin IDE ribbon cable for DVD/CD-Rom drives won't make much difference at all. Normally, DVD & CD-Rom drives do not use the UATA specs so a 40 pin cable would be fine.

as far as adding a 3rd HDD, to the IDE Chain, Each IDE Controller can handle 2 drives. Your motherboard may have U-ATA Controllers in addition to the IDE controllers and that is where you would need to configure things more the added HDD.
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A:USB to IDE Cables for cloning drives

When you clone a drive it needs to be blank; no partition / drive letter, etc. If the old drive was E, then the new one should be E as well.
Steps to clone a drive.
1 Install new drive and do not partition or format; just install it like it comes out of the box.
2 Boot with your cloning app
3 Select source [old] drive and destination [new] drive.
4 Complete the clone process and shutdown DO NOT reboot with both drive connected.
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6 Power on the system and make sure you can boot, drives are correct, etc. If all is well, you can shutdown and reconnect power to the old drive. The os will assign the next available drive letter to the old drive.

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F Drive my new DVD burner

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A:Need help on IDE Contols, Jumpers, cables & DVD drives

There are two ways you can set up the drives. I would jumper the old drive E as Master and the new drive F as slave.

If you have 40 pin 80 conductor IDE cables you could jumper both drives as Cable Select (CS) and the drive at the end of the cable automatically becomes the Master and the next drive inline becomes the Slave.

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A:Solved: Unpluging IDE cables/ cd rom and DVD drives

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IDE1 slot > CD-RW (master) > CD-ROM (slave)

How can I connect them all so they all recive power
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A:Power cables?

I am sure they would be fine if they fit.... Some of these are molded differently and won't quite fit into specific items.

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A:Linking Power Cables

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What is the connector needed on the graphics card?
You don't state that.
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A:h.d.d. led power switch cables

OK, exactly what broke off? Attached is a picture of kk connectors which I guess are what you are describing. Did the connectors just break, OR, did the wires break also?

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The power cables come from the power supply and it doesn't matter if there's 2 or 3 connectors on the lead coming from the power supply.
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A:Managing the power cables.....ideas?

stever26 said:

Hi all, I am looking for some ideas as to how I can best manage all my power cables.

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I have only 2 single power sockets in the room and I guess I should have a lot more.

I'd love to know if people have found 3rd party solutions to this issue or any ideas at all.

I am in the UK.

SteveClick to expand...
Might be a good idea to call in an electrician to check it out. But you can always come off the original outlet and put in another(keeping in mind the amperage) He or she could do that for both. Or could single out the wires to that room and put them on a single breaker and increase the power supply(amperage) to them.
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A:2nd hard drive & power cables

SATA drives have no slave or master designation, and no need to set jumpers.
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A:My cases power cables and front panel connectors..

For your first question, yes, you can connect the power jacks in that order.

Now onto you're second question:

From what you've described, I would assume that AUD_FPOUT_R would correspond to HPOUT R and AUD_RET_R would correspond to HPOUT -R. The negative corresponding to the return line.

About the vcc and ground, i'm not sure. If it were me, I would try it. But that is completely up to you.

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FWIW: I suspect that...if you want feedback on a given problem, the least that you will have to do is provide a link to related posts.

Most of us don't memorize any posts, let alone every one...and the chances of anyone going out of the way to search for your posts...well, IMO, it just minimizes your chances of any response that is useful.

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Never mind, I answered my own question


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Get 1 floppy cable...generic

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I only now a good english website, not shure if this is any help

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What cable are you using and where are you plugging it in ?
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Sure there is you can buy an adapter but when you look at the cost of cables your better off buying a new cable. You could also splice them together but unless your on a desert island I would not do that either.
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I am trying to find a SCSI to USB cable. Can ANYONE help me as to where to look and/or start? I am not finding anything!


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Something like this?

Ratoc U2SCX USB2.0 To Ultra SCSI Converter
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Sorry for such a basic question for my first post - its just something i have never got round to asking/looking for.

My laptop (and Pc as far as i know) both support this function, at least one way. Is there a cable(s) or adapter(s) i can get to link my Pc and Tv together to use the TV to display but also to record images from DVD/Tv (according to licensing rules) onto my computer.

The main reason i ask is i frequently prepare powerpoint presentantions with clips from Tv documentaries etc in (with their permission and credit) but have to go through my IT dept which takes ages - i would rather do it myself if possible?

Thank in advance.

A:What cables do i need to link my TV and Pc?

Using a TV as a computer display and capturing video to your computer are two completely different processes. Most computers (especially laptops) have an S-Video output, which you can buy an S-Video cable for, and it will allow you to use any TV with an S-Video input as a second monitor (or if the TV doesn't support S-Video, you can buy one of many adapters to change it to another input, such as RCA or even a standard cable connection).

To capture video, you need a capture card or capture device and also capturing software. The following link will take you to a list of external USB devices that do this (you can buy these anywhere). You can also buy an internal card (either PCI or AGP) that would do the same thing. The process of capturing and editing video does have quite a large learning curve, so if you're not familiar with it, it may be awhile until you can really use this.
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If you order from this company, GOOD LUCK!

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It took me a month to get my "in stock" capacitors from, welcome to the club.
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I have been given a computer to set up (brand new) and it has 3 cables I have no idea what to do with . The computer is an ACER E500 with lots of bells and whistles ... and has 3 small cables . All have a metal jack at one end ... 2 have a small hard plastic on the other end (possibly lights up as it looks to be a dark red plastic.) the other one has a soft round rubber end with a possible bulb inside the round ring. ...

Anyone have any clues on these????????

A:Extra cables ???

If you uploaded photos it would help.
Or, if you said what the "bells and whistles" actually were.

If it has a TV card, one could be the IR receiver cable for the remote control, as an example.