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November 22, 2010 10:46:49 PM

Hello I managed to power on my desktop and may have celebrated early.

Anyway I have 6 IDE cables and am trying to hook up 2 hard drives and a dual layer dvd drive but I can't get my cpu board part to plug in.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag...

If you look at the part where the IDE spikes are they are curved going this way < and infront of it is blocked by a white piece and a spiked part.

I was wondering if there was some kind of trick to getting the IDE in this way or something.

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November 23, 2010 12:17:16 AM

That motherboard only has 1 IDE header, and will only support 2 IDE devices at a maximum. The header is facing the outside of the board, are you sure you are plugging the cable in in the right orientation?

Turn the board so that the I/O (back panel ports) are facing you, and rotate 180 degrees (half turn). The IDE port should have the pins facing at you, not upwards.
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November 23, 2010 12:56:04 AM

user 18 said:
That motherboard only has 1 IDE header, and will only support 2 IDE devices at a maximum. The header is facing the outside of the board, are you sure you are plugging the cable in in the right orientation?

Turn the board so that the I/O (back panel ports) are facing you, and rotate 180 degrees (half turn). The IDE port should have the pins facing at you, not upwards.


I'm I'm plugging the cable in the right way.

The IDE is facing upwards like normal ones do.

It faces outwards and is blocked by a small tpm module connector so I can't get the IDe cable down so I can plug it in.
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November 23, 2010 1:17:10 AM

In the image you point to, the IDE connector does not face "upwards like normal ones do." It faces to the outside of the board.

Based on the image, there is no way that anything on the motherboard should cause an issue with the IDE cable. Is something on the case causing the problem?

Is there a physical deformity in your motherboard that is causing this issue? perhaps you could post pictures of your specific board, rather than the board on newegg, so that we could see exactly what the issue is.
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November 23, 2010 1:36:32 AM

user 18 said:
In the image you point to, the IDE connector does not face "upwards like normal ones do." It faces to the outside of the board.

Based on the image, there is no way that anything on the motherboard should cause an issue with the IDE cable. Is something on the case causing the problem?

Is there a physical deformity in your motherboard that is causing this issue? perhaps you could post pictures of your specific board, rather than the board on newegg, so that we could see exactly what the issue is.


You can zoom in on the newegg image by clicking where you want to zoom on.

Zoom in towards the IDE/pata connector section and look in front of the connector.

To its front right are is a pin connector and to its front left is a white piece.

They both block me from putting my IDE cable into the connector.
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November 23, 2010 1:43:24 AM

I don't know how to post an image, but follow these directions please.

Go to the page you point to on Newegg ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag... )

Go to the 360 degree rotational view

move the slider all the way to the right

zoom in to the max on the IDE port - between the SATA and 24-pin power connectors

I do not see any piece that will block that port.
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November 23, 2010 1:57:26 AM

user 18 said:
I don't know how to post an image, but follow these directions please.

Go to the page you point to on Newegg ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/ImageGallery.aspx?CurImag... )

Go to the 360 degree rotational view

move the slider all the way to the right

zoom in to the max on the IDE port - between the SATA and 24-pin power connectors

I do not see any piece that will block that port.


there is a module connector right there infront of the IDE port that keeps me from laying the IDE port flat so I can plug it in. with that view you gave me you can still see it behind the white piece.
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November 23, 2010 2:01:28 AM

with the view I gave you, the pins on the IDE connector are facing you. It is facing off of the edge of the motherboard, not in towards it. There should be nothing on the motherboard that can obstruct that port - that's why it is put there.
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November 23, 2010 2:16:23 AM

I feel dumb again for the second time today...

so it goes on the outside and not on the prongs..

I'll best answer you but I got one small question.

I know the master, slave and cpu relationship the cable has but the one these people sent me doesn't have them labeled.

Is there a way to tell which is which when they are blank and it seems the thing isn't going in all the way.

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November 23, 2010 2:20:17 AM

Don't worry about it, we all make mistakes.

Usually the end that plugs into the motherboard is significantly farther from the center than the other end:

Mobo end |----------|---|

As for Master vs. Slave, I usually just jumper my drives to Cable Select, and have never had any problems.

In your first post, you said you had 3 IDE devices, but you will only be able to plug in two at a time into the IDE header. If you want to use your third device, you will need an IDE addon card, or a SATA to IDE converter.

Glad to help
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November 23, 2010 2:24:16 AM

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November 23, 2010 6:30:17 AM

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