I don't know why I'm messing around with this old box but perhaps I'll learn something.
Of course, this is an IDE system.
It has the latest MB BIOS.
The CD/DVD drive is recognized.
The boot order starts with the "CD drive" and the Hard drive is 2nd.
It won't boot.
No wonder, after booting with the hard drive (Windows XP), when a DVD is in the drive there are *no files showing* even though the device can be opened in Windows Explorer.
This only happens in the drive with an actual disk with files on it. If the drive is empty, it asks for a disk.
A command line changing from C: to D: got "incorrect function".
So, I added another DVD drive E:
Now a command line changing from C: to D: or to E: gets: "the device is not ready"
I've researched it quite a bit but haven't found a solution.
All I really want to do is try out Windows 7 on this machine but I can't get it to boot from a DVD.
When I replaced the cable, I used one of the now-common denser variety. Any issue with that?