This has officially gone beyond HMIS, I think. Or at least I'm pissed off enough that I need actual help.
I am building a new PC from the ground up. The only things I've kept from my old PC are the two hard drives. This has lead to the irritating problem that now that I've put it together, I can't get the damn motherboard to recognize the DVD-RW drive as a bootable drive so that I can actually reinstall Windows and be on my merry way.
The problem seems to be the hard drives and the DVD-RW itself. All three are IDE devices; as I said on my HMIS, I've got only one IDE device directly on the MOBO and more SATA slots than I know what to do with. After much fucking around, I have installed an IDE card in a spare PCI slot. When the computer boots, the MOBO recognizes the two hard drives then the onboard bios for the card finds the DVD-RW. When I switch to the BIOS setup, it doesn't seem to recognize that I have the DVD-RW.
I am at the point of minor mental melt-down. How the *fuck* do I get this thing up and running?