i tried that as well, the DVD drive doesent have a jumper selection for master/slave/cable select. the hard drive is set to master.
i've been going over and over it and the best i can get now is a disk read error after it verifies the pool data as part of the boot up.
hard drive comes first in the boot sequence
cmos is configured to use both sata and pata (enhanced mode) but doesent change the result with any selection
i'm going to bring in my hard drive to my college tomorrow to see if i can get it tested for errors or something, this is getting to be silly, i have had no success with linux on three seperate occasions with three diffrent computers.
trying a diffrent pata hard drive at this time, if it doesent just plain work i'm going back to windows for a few years >.<
-edit- sorry about the long delay if anyone was waiting on a reply. its working on the new hard drive.
mother has chest cancer, was reason for the delay