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I am building my first HTPC (actually my first PC build), and appear to have every cable I need except an audio cable for my DVD-RW drive. The drive is my sole optical drive on this system.


Is connecting the audio out cable necessary? What exactly does it do? If I don't connect it, won't the audio still travel through the IDE cable?


My motherboard has built-in audio, which I will be connecting a fiber opticly to my stereo system.


Thanks in advance for the help!


-d'ler
 

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You don't need it. It's a relic from the Intel 486/Pentium days when the processors and subsystems were not fast enough to pass through the audio digitally.
 

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That's what I was hoping to hear. You saved me a trip to microcenter and a few bucks, I assume. Thanks!
 
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