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How do I connect the audio from the second CD ROM to the motherboard

My motherboard has only one CD Audio connection. How do I connect the second CD ROM Audio to the motherboard?
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  1. for about 10 years you don't need to do this :)
  2. nikolarun said:
    for about 10 years you don't need to do this :)


    In all due respect what do you mean by that statement? You are implying that I don't need to to hook up the audio from the second CD-ROM? Is that what you are implying? If so, please say so. If so, how does the sound get from the second CD-ROM to the motherboard? Your statement wasn't very helpful to a honest question.
  3. He's implying that you don't need an audio cable as it now goes through the SATA cable...
  4. dodger46 said:
    He's implying that you don't need an audio cable as it now goes through the SATA cable...

    Thanks for the explanation. He made an invalid assumption. Both CD-ROMs are IDE.
  5. jphuffs said:
    Thanks for the explanation. He made an invalid assumption. Both CD-ROMs are IDE.


    IDE, SATA, makes no difference.
  6. Are you saying that there is no need for an audio cable between the CR-ROM and the motherboard for either IDE or SATA? Then why is there a CD-ROM Audio connector location on the motherboard?
  7. jphuffs said:
    Are you saying that there is no need for an audio cable between the CR-ROM and the motherboard for either IDE or SATA? Then why is there a CD-ROM Audio connector location on the motherboard?



    Old school. Audio travels over the digital link now.
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    Many newer systems do away with the audio cable altogether. Recent versions of Windows support audio-CD playback using digital audio extraction, which lets the PC read digital data directly from the drive and perform the necessary digital-to-analog conversion. The biggest drawback of digital audio-CD playback: If there's a headphone jack on the front of the optical drive, it won't work when you play a CD. (which is why most newer CD\DVD players no longer have the headphone jack on the front of them !)

    Put a CD into the second drive and play it -- you should hear the music without any connector - as they have said the interface bus now handles the connection so the cable is no longer needed ! IF you do find a need for it you can purchase a Y-splitter so that the one connector can have 2 drives connected to it.

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