Hmm, with my huigely technical knowledge (not), I reckonn we may be talking jumpers. I did the regedit and somehwere in it I saw the confoig for the cdrom where it said "IDE CDROM DISABLED"
iW WAS IN FODLER ISAPNP/AZT3013_DEV0000/FFFFFFFF
I wish I had started wiht the root directory there.
Can anyone remind me of the way to set the jumpers. I very vaguely remember from when installing the cdrw about it telling me about the jumpers but I cant rmember where to set them
Thanks so far
Perhaps I should update you on what I found since earlier today. (before you replied).
When windoze is starting, the whit text on black screen shows that it has found the cd drives and shows the model numbers. just when it has started, they dont function