First of all may I suggest to anyone out there reading this, NEVER try and fix your friends computer while having a few beers.
Here's what happened, The PC is a 700Mhz, 128Mb Ram, Dell Machine running Windows 98. It was having trouble recognising the CDRW Drive, in fact the drive was not opening at all. It was receiving power though. Apart from that the computer was working fine. After numerous attempts to update drivers etc. I decided to open up the computer and check the connections. No loose connections. So I decided to try connecting the CDRW to the second IDE connection on the ribbon cable. I then booted up the computer. Nothing happened. Not even a boot to the BIOS. The PC Powers up, no drive access spinning sounds and no beeps, the monitor goes into sleep because it's not receiving a signal and PC remains powered on, the only sound being the noise of the fan spinning. I switched connection on the CDRW back to it's original but the same thing happens. I checked all connections numerous times and still nothing, I then decided to take a break from it as I was not getting anywhere and could not see the wood from the trees at that stage anyway. ANY help will be greatly appreciated.