Me and my friend both purchased a nec nd3500.
To begin with, I have a dell dimension 8300. For those who don’t know, all the drives are screwed into 2 green sliders. There are spare sliders attached to the inside of the pc. The assembly with the 2 sliders, clicks into place into the drive bay but doesn’t fit tightly. Of course, it’s much easier for a company like dell to work this way but is it safe if the drive isn’t attached directly to the case?
It seems like I have 3 IDE connectors on my motherboard: 2 black ones, one smaller than the other (I think it goes to a floppy drive that isn’t present in my pc) and 1 white. If I remember well, the white one is connected with the far end to my hard disk. The black one is connected the same way to my old nec nd-1100. If I sell my nd1100 should I connect my 3500 as master to the same IDE as my hard disk. What are the advantages of all the possibilities?
My soundcard (chaintech av710) will arrive tomorrow. I don’t know if it includes an analog audio cable. Do I need this if I run XP. I’ve heard that this isn’t necessary.
My friend’s pc has a slightly different setup. He has a LITE-ON LTR-52246S cd-rw drive and he is going to use it along with his nd-3500 and his audigy 2 ZS. How would his setup be the most efficient? He isn’t going to copy on the fly very much.
What’s the best driver for the moment? I don’t need any special overburning or high speed copying features. Bitsetting and compatibility are important. Should I backup the original driver or can a download it again later, if something’s wrong?