Right. So I’m a hardware n00b at times, but I still try my best to find answers all over the net before approaching anyone for help. This time I’m pretty desperate though, as I can’t seem to find anyone with the exact same problem anywhere, including hardware forums. This seems like the likeliest place to get any form of assistance.
My Optiarc AD-5170A (PATA) worked splendidly well on XPSP2. It also worked when I installed Vista 64 bit. If I ever boot from CD it still boots properly and everything works like a charm.
Now, the thing is that inside Windows, if I’ve got a disc of any sort (CD, DVD, burnt media, empty media, you name it) it just loads indefinitely and finds nothing. If I load Windows with a CD in the drive, it just stops loading once Vista begins booting until I open the drive.
I know it’s retarded to hand out my full specs for a very specific problem but what the hell, I’m desperate. My specs are:
Asus M2N-E mobo with nForce 570 Ulta
2GB of RAM
My HD is connect via SATA (while the NEC is IDE master)
GF8800GTS yada yada yada.
All of my drivers, including mobo, IDE and Windows updates are entirely up to date. I’ve installed the latest official firmware, but no cigar.
Bear in mind this problem might have a retardedly easy solution, but I’m simply such a klutz that I’ve got no idea what’s going on.
Please help. Every attempt is extremely appreciated.