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Upgrading cd/dvd drive, need help finding motherboard specs.

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August 7, 2012 11:01:15 PM

Hello,

My cd drive doesn't open and I'm looking to upgrade it, because for whatever reason when I had my friend build it ~2 1/2 years ago I didn't get a dvd/cd combo.

I'm trying to figure out whether my motherboard is combatible with a blue ray drive, but when I pull up dxdiag system model just displays system product name. And of course I have no idea where any of my manuals are.

Any help is appreciated.
a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2012 11:01:47 PM

What is your computer model and what blueray drive are you looking at?

CD/DVD drives can be installed on any system providing they have the right connections.
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August 7, 2012 11:18:39 PM

I don't have a specific blueray drive that I'm looking at yet. I just did a quick search on newegg and am mostly looking to see if my motherboard is even compatible.

As far as model goes, it's a custom built computer so i'm not sure exactly what you're looking for. It's an antec case (not sure what model), has an amd phenom 8450 triple-core processor, ~2.1GHz.

I'll get on my laptop and take off the panel so if there's something else you need, I can try to find it.
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a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2012 11:20:59 PM

On your mobo are there these connectors?

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a b V Motherboard
August 7, 2012 11:46:03 PM

Not yet, what mobo have you got?
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August 8, 2012 12:08:27 AM

It's an ASUS mb, which number and where approximately should it be located?
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a b V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 12:14:25 AM

fansrus said:
It's an ASUS mb, which number and where approximately should it be located?


Between these slots

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August 8, 2012 12:20:41 AM

I don't, but thanks for the help anyways.
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August 8, 2012 12:22:14 AM

Best answer selected by fansrus.
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a b V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 12:31:58 AM

How does your hard drive connect to the mobo?
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August 8, 2012 12:38:28 AM

With a blue cable that plugs into a red port on the botom right of the mb. Also, the serial is n13219.
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a b V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 12:40:27 AM

fansrus said:
With a blue cable that plugs into a red port on the botom right of the mb. Also, the serial is n13219.


Is the cable wide or not wide?
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a c 137 V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 12:41:44 AM

fansrus said:
With a blue cable that plugs into a red port on the botom right of the mb. Also, the serial is n13219.


That sounds like it's SATA (like it needs to be), but do what I told you in my reply above. That will take all doubt out of the equation. The serial number doesn't tell us anything.
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August 8, 2012 12:50:56 AM

Yes it's wide.

CPU-Z reads:
ASUSTeK
M3N-HT Deluxe 1.XX
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a c 137 V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 12:54:16 AM

fansrus said:
Yes it's wide.

CPU-Z reads:
ASUSTeK
M3N-HT Deluxe 1.XX


OK, it has 6 SATA ports (and 1 IDE, which is what you're seeing, I think).

http://www.asus.com/Motherboards/AMD_AM2Plus/M3NHT_Delu...

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1 xUltraDMA 133/100/66
6 xSATA 3 Gb/s ports (Use SATA1-4 for IDE mode.)


Because it has 6 SATA ports, you're free to use any Blu-Ray drive (or any other drive) you want.

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a b V Motherboard
August 8, 2012 12:54:22 AM

This is your board right



If so then they are SATA and a blueray drive will work in your comp.

Make sure you also have SATA power connectors=



If you don't then you can get these-

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August 8, 2012 1:08:31 AM

I do have the cable, it's currently not plugged in to anything.

Thanks for the help, (and for making me realize I know even less about computers than I thought I did.)
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