Ok. This is getting annoying. I have been trying to re-install Fedora core 5 on my computer from the DVD I burned with my NEC 3540A drive, and it boots correctly and goes through all the install configuration up to the point where it is supposed to actually start copying files to the hard drive. At this point the disc starts spinning, and then it stops, and that's it, light is off and computer is just there waiting. The system is not frozen, I can use the mouse and keyboard, no problem. The most strange thing is I installed linux from this DVD to begin with, with no problem.
After going trough the same thing three times (i'm stubborn), I decided the heck with it and restore my MBR to Wndows XP only. I put my Windows XP install CD to boot into rescue mode, and ... the same thing!! :a It starts booting, the classic message "Press any key to boot from CD..." and when I do, the disc starts spinning and then it stops, light off, and just sits there doing nothing.
I must add that I can read the discs with no problem from within Windows. I had firmware 1.01 and after all this updated to 1.04, but that didn't change anything.
Any ideas, suggestions, comments are welcome.