What IDE port DVD\CD burners can I use with my PC?

By teklord
May 4, 2009
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  1. All,

    Wanted to know what DVD/CD burners I could use with my HP Pavilion a410n. I tried installing my mother's DVD burner but the system didn't recognize anything new was in it. Can I only use what HP recommends because there are cheaper and faster optical drives for IDE port. (My computer doesn't have SATA connections) Thanks everyone
  2. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 742

    First of all check if the jumper is in the right place as if you put HDD Master and DVD Drive Master the HDD will be taken primarily. So easier to do remove the jumper and let the BIOS place it itself.
  3. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 523

    I don't know what the jumper is. I unplugged the CD drive that was in the bay and plugged in the DVD writeable drive and it wasn't recognized. I didn't adjust anything else and this PC is OEM, I didn't build it myself.
  4. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 742

    The jumper is as shown on the photos below. You may remove it from the HDD and plug it to your PC without the jumper.

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  5. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 523

    I dunno if I want to do that, shouldn't be necessary IMO but thank you for your suggestion.
  6. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    You're kidding right? Of course you have to check the position of the jumpers on the back of IDE drives. If they are positioned incorrectly according to your setup, the drive won't run right or at all.
  7. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 523

    K, I'll try that. I noticed the piece of plastic on there, so that is probably the problem. Thing is, I want the manual eject button to match up with the front cover's plastic overlay button, so I may have to use the manufacturer's recommended drive. I'll try adjusting the jumper on this one though to see if it will work. thx
  8. teklord

    teklord TechSpot Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 523

    OK, I moved the jumper over to the position of the defunct CD player's jumper and now it works. Thx for the awesome tip. I suppose any IDE optical drive should work in this so I'm not stuck with the OEM one HP suggested but it would be nice if the buttons lined up with the front cover.
  9. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 8,385   +205

    Yes, any IDE optical drive should work. Pick one that lines up with your cover. It's your choice.
  10. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 742

    Yes that's normal mate it must work. Two master can't be working on a same IDE Port.
  11. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    You would jumper them to CS (Cable Select) in that case ;)
     
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