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Posted on 05-07-2003 02:09 p.m. ET  reply

Original Poster: Jym Williams Zavada

You are definitely in over your head! If you're digging around on the inside
of PCs (old or new) you really need to either take a class or buy a good book.
If you're into buying a book, I highly recommend the latest edition of
"Upgrading and Repairing PC's" by Scott Mueller (Published by Que).

As to the meaning of IDE and SCSI, I'll be nice and at least give you the
short version below. Really though, because you're setting up a Windows
machine and asking for very detailed information in a LINUX forum, even the
following is more than you truly deserve.

IDE stands for Integrated Drive Electronics (ATAPI is a superset of IDE and is
often used synonymously, but I don't recall what it stands for at the moment),
and is most often used in desktop or user PCs. IDE devices are meant to be
installed internally, and connect to a 40-pin ribbon cable connector.

SCSI stands for Small Computer Systems Interface, and is most often used for
high-end workstation or server PCs. SCSI devices have many sizes and shapes
of internal and external connectors, none of which connect to a 40-pin ribbon
cable connector.

For more information than this, you need to get off your duff and do your own
homework. There are many books you could read (including the one I previously
mentioned), classes you could take, and I'm sure a Google search could turn up
plenty of information on the subject. As to more info on the Compaq machine,
you obviously haven't been to Compaq's website, which is chock-full of
documentation on past and present models.

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