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Digby
21-09-2011, 01:33 PM
Hi Guys
I am building a new PC with a Gigabtye GA 970 A-D3 motherboard.

I went to install my DVD drive and cannot find a DVD connection on the motherboard.

This is the long flat connector with the ribbon cable.

So I suppose this means I will have to buy a new DVD drive.

I have always bought Lite-On drives

How do I connect this ?

There is no mention of a DVD drive connection in the motherboards manual.

(It just says insert the DVD to set up the motherboard etc)

Any suggestions, thanks

GameJunkie
21-09-2011, 01:44 PM
isnt like a sata port for that kind of thing?

Iantech
21-09-2011, 01:49 PM
At a guess, your DVD drive is IDE and all your motherboard has is SATA connections. In which case you have 3 options. Either you will have to buy a new DVD drive (make sure it is SATA) or purchase a IDE PCI card or an IDE to SATA adapter. Personally, I would go buy a new drive than waste money on a pci card or adapter.
Good luck.

1101
21-09-2011, 01:52 PM
Hi Guys

This is the long flat connector with the ribbon cable.


thats ide. old school.....motherboard may not support ide.
buy yourself a sata dvd .

pctek
21-09-2011, 02:05 PM
Hi Guys

I went to install my DVD drive and cannot find a DVD connection on the motherboard.

Because it's called the IDE port - used for any kind of IDE drive, not exclusively optical drives.
Becoming extinct.

Probably need a sata drive if all the board has is sata now.

Digby
21-09-2011, 11:18 PM
Yes it looks like I'll have to go and buy a Sata DVD drive.

Thanks
I should have read the motherboard specs in more detail.

But SATA is good and DVD drives are pretty cheap[.