Get a sound card with two different channels, or run patch cable from the headphone output of the drive that’s not connected to the Line Input jack. Tuesday, May 8, 2001 Sound from multiple CD drives Get a sound card that supports two different channels, or run a patch cable from the headphone output of the drive that’s not connected to the Line Input jack of the sound card.
If you have a system with more than one CD drive (i.e., a CD-ROM and CD-RW drive) and want to play CD audio from both, there are several options available to you. First, you can replace your sound card with a model that supports more than one “CD audio” input. Don’t mistake this for cards with more than one audio connector type–these are just different connectors for the same channel. Be sure that two different channels are supported. If you’d rather not eat the cost of a new sound card, run a patch cable from the headphone output of the drive that’s not connected to the Line Input jack of the sound card. This way you can keep the original drive connected as it is, and just add the second drive to the card’s Line Input jack. Then adjust volume with the Volume applet in your Windows System Tray.
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