I definately have a compounded computer problem. Lost the ability to boot from my RAID array and when attempting to reinstall the OS, I realized thet neither my CD or DVD would load windows XP (or any other program). The CD and DVD both would repeatedly spin up / down. They are on the IDE controller, with the same power and controller cable. I replaced the controller cable, but this didn't help. I've also tried hooking only one up at a time & I also tested a new CD R/W, but this too faulted. To-date, I've:
-Replaced the IDE controller cable
-Replaced the drivers, by installing a new OS.
-Fired on CD or DVD up a time
-Installed yet another CD-R/W, but this had the same problem
At this point, I suspect there remainds (3) possibilities:
-faulty power cable.
-MB IDE controller bad
-corrupt Bios? Is that a possibility?
What could cause this problem, where my drives start, but can't spin up? And then they spin-cycle, spinning up and then down.
I'd appreciate any insight..thank you..