hi just installed a cd writer and can't figure out what i have done wrong my dvd drive is connected to the primary ide with it's own cable and my cd writer is connected to secondary ide also with it's own cable what do i have to do to fix it?
1) Does the light on the front flash (try putting a CD in) If not then you've got no power to the drive. - Check the power connector's in well.
2) You say the drive is on it's own on the secondary IDE? You also say it's Slave. Change the drive to master and make sure it's on the master part of the IDE cable. If you only have one connection on the calbe it'll be a master connection.
You need your Hard Drive on EIDE 1 on the motherboard on it own as master stick it on the end of the cable. Then put your CDRW and DVD on EIDE 2 CDRW on end of cable as master DVD on centre connector as Slave. Go int BIOS and Auto Detect the drives exit and save settings