Video:Install a DVD or CD Burnerwith Don Schechter
Want to be able to create your own movie DVDs and music or other CDs? If your computer's existing functionality doesn't include CD and DVD burning, learn how easy it is to install a burner on your own.See Transcript
Transcript:Install a DVD or CD BurnerHi. I am Don Schechter for About.com Computing.
Today I am going to show you how to install a DVD or CD burner in your desktop PC.
Before you Install a DVD or CD BurnerFirst, turn off the computer and unplug the power cord.
Next, open the computer. Some computers have a button or buttons that you press to open the box. Some have screws on the rear of the case which must be removed. I just need to remove the screws on the back of the case. Slide the casing back. Now you have access to the inside of your computer.
Different Ways to Install a DVD or CD BurnerDepending on your computer, there are several ways in which you can install your DVD or CD burner. You might have to use rails which clip onto the side of the device or you might be able to attach it directly to the case with screws.
Set Jumper to Install a DVD or CD BurnerNow, take a look at the back of the device. Make sure the jumper is set to Cable Select. Look at your manual to see exactly where this is located on your burner, but most likely it'll be just like this one.
InstallationIt's time to mount the CD/DVD burner. Find an open slot in your computer. You may need to pop out the bay cover to make an opening for your new device. Screw or slide it into place.
Data ConnectionsNext, find an IDE cable in your computer. It is normally a large gray cable. It can only fit one way, so don't force it if it doesn't fit.
Once that is snug, find a 4-pin power cable and connect it to your device.
After You Install a DVD or CD BurnerClose up your computer and plug in all of your cables.
When you start up the computer, it should recognize your new CD/DVD burner. Install any software that came with the device at this time.
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