New motherboard Biostar A780L3L CD-ROM DRIVE Connection???

Liam Proven lproven at
Sat Sep 24 18:02:14 UTC 2011

On 24 September 2011 18:55, Larry Shields <larryesu at> wrote:
> On 09/24/2011 12:11 PM, Billie Walsh wrote:
>> On 09/24/2011 11:56 AM, Ioannis Vranos wrote:
>>> On Sat, Sep 24, 2011 at 2:52 PM, Larry<larryesu at>  wrote:
>>>> *I have a new biostar motherboard, now I have all of the connections
>>>> installed, except for my CD-rom&  DVD writers, might anyone out there
>>>> also
>>>> have the same board, and could tell me where it is located...??? I see
>>>> no
>>>> empty slots left and the company will not be open until monday, so I am
>>>> hoping that just maybe someone has the answer for me...
>>> It is highly unusual that a new motherboard not coming with a manual,
>>> either printed or in a CD ROM. Have you checked for any of them?
>>> In addition, motherboard manuals are usually available in the Internet
>>> too.
>> What he said up above.
>> Plus! It would help if you gave a bit more information.
>> I'm sure biostar makes/has made more than one board. The identification of
>> the board would help when looking for help.
>> Also, what you have plugged in and where. What kind of connections do your
>> drives require. Stuff like that.
>> If your board comes with four SATA connections and you have four hard
>> drives connected but need two more for the CD and DVD. Stuff that someone
>> needs to know when your asking for help.
> *My board comes with 4 SATA connectors, but only one of my hard drives is a
> SATA the others are EIDE...
> The motherboard as I show in the subject line is a Biostar A780L3L...

Oh my! You're building a new PC in 2011 with EIDE hard drives? Wow! I
thought I was weird for using a PC that I built 2y ago which is
IDE-based. :¬)

Your choices are 2, really, and either means spending more money.

If you have a free PCI slot (not PCI-E) then you could attach your IDE
drives to an IDE controller card. They are really cheap these days.
Something like this:

I use these in several machines. You probably won't be able to boot
off it, though.

Or, preferably, buy a new SATA hard disk and copy everything from your
old IDE drives onto it. For US$30 or a smidge over £20 you could get a
500GB hard disk which is probably way bigger than most EIDE drives.

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