harley2ride, I live in Israel.
wobble, there's only a "X" showing up next to my Marvell Yukon 88E8001/8003/8010 PCI Gigabit Ethernet Controller, but that doesn't bother me since it doesn't have anything to do with my DVD player and my internet connection is fine.
As for the IDE, I'm not really intelligent on the subject, but that's the large thin cable with 2 rectangle plugs, one in the middle and one at the end, right? Well, I opened my case and here's how it's arranged: There are 3 IDE cables, on each there's a small printout that says what it's for: one is "Floppy", the other is "HDD" and the third says "CD-ROM". Now, the "CD-ROM" is connected with its far end to the burner. The "Floppy" is connected (can't remember with what plug) to the floppy drive and the "HDD" is connected with its far end to the DVD player. There's no IDE cable connected to the HDD (well, at least not one of those large grey thin cables).
I tried unplugging the "HDD" cable from the DVD (leaving the cable unplugged) and plugging the "CD-ROM" cable into the DVD (thus leaving the burner detached), thinking maybe there was something wrong with the "HDD" cable or maybe it just wasn't meant to be plugged into the DVD player, but that didn't work - the DVD still couldn't recognize any disc I put in, DVD or CD.