OK.....I seem to have made quite the mess of things. I started having performance problems on a 3 yr old Dell Inspiron 530.
I decided I was going to do a fresh install and wipe out the old hard drive.
Well when I started wiping out the drive for some reason the BIOS started switching new drive letters to every device. So what I thought was an old C drive was actually a removable USB drive...ended up wiping that out and installing windows on it. Fortunately I had just backed up that backup drive.
Well then I reinstalled finally on a blank HD. Well it was assigned the drive letter J. I didn't like that at all. Of course windows wont let you reassign a system drive so I decided to reinstall again but first I had some drive reassigning to do.
So I reassigned drive letters on all my drives...including my CDROM drives to different letters that reflected what they were originally and left the C drive available for the hard drive.
Thats when the problem I currently have hit me. Now I cant boot and reinstall windows with my CDs because I get an I/O error on the CD drive. There is a message that confirms the system sees the CD drive but for some reason it won't read it. Next I did a step that I hope hasn't sent me over the edge into never never land.
I went into the bios and reset it to defaults hoping it would fix the problem. Well it didn't.
Have i messed up to many things at once now?
The key issue is to get my CDROM to work so I can reinstall on my hard drive.