All systems require connecting various cables to the motherboard. These include:
Cables that connect floppy, hard, and optical drives to embedded motherboard interfaces
Cables for miscellaneous functions, such as connecting audio out on the rear panel of a CD-ROM drive to the audio header on the motherboard, or connecting a CPU fan to a power header on the motherboard
Cables that connect front panel switches (power, reset, keylock, etc.) and indicators (drive activity, power on, speaker, etc.)
Supplementary case fans, which may connect to the motherboard or to power supply connectors
It’s usually easier to connect these cables before you start installing expansion cards. Proceed as follows:
Connect the drive data cables from the back of each drive to the appropriate connector on the motherboard, making sure to align Pin 1 properly on both the drive and controller. Typical systems have at least two such cables: one 34-wire ribbon cable connecting the FDD to the FDD controller interface on the motherboard; and an IDE cable connecting the hard drive and CD- or DVD-ROM drive to the primary IDE interface connector on the motherboard. If the system has more than two IDE devices, or if you put the hard drive and optical drive on separate channels, you will also need to connect a second IDE cable from the additional device(s) to the secondary IDE interface connector on the motherboard. If the system has SCSI devices installed and the motherboard has ...