First, the background...
I just purchased a new mobo, ram, GPU and CPU using components from the TR summer Sweeter Spot build, with the CPU downgraded to the i7 2600. The mobo is the Asus P8Z68-V. I also added a Rosewill RC-212 PCI-E IDE interface card, so I could use my existing IDE-based DVD drive. My old mobo was an MSI P6N SLI Platinum, and I uninstalled the Nforce chipset drivers before installing the new Asus mobo.
After installing all of these components, my Windows 7 (64-bit) OS failed to boot. I proceeded with the Startup Repair option that was offered to me, but after repeated tries, I was unable to fix the problem. So, I figured I would do a reinstall of the OS, following (more or less) the instructions shown here: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/34 ... stall.html
. (When I say "more or less" I mean that I planned to boot from the Win 7 DVD rather than starting the repair install from the hard drive, since I can't get the hard drive to boot.)
So, now the issue at hand: I can't get the system to boot from the Win 7 DVD. It will boot from the Asus CD included with the mobo, and it will boot from a Win 7 System Repair disc I made, but when I boot with my Win 7 DVD in the drive, the system doesn't recognize it. The BIOS doesn't even list the DVD drive as a boot option when the Win 7 DVD is in there, even though it does list the DVD drive as a boot option with the Asus CD in there. The Win 7 DVD is definitely a bootable DVD, as I've used it that way before. And if I use the diagnostic menu option to get to a command prompt, I can browse the contents of the Win 7 DVD, so it doesn't appear to be corrupted. I can even launch setup.exe on the Win 7 DVD from the diagnostic command prompt, but running it in that manner doesn't give me the install options I require.
I've reached that level of frustration that says, "screw it, do a clean install," but I can't even do that since it won't boot from the hard drive or the Win 7 DVD.
So, any ideas as to why this configuration won't boot from the Win 7 DVD? At first I thought it might be missing drivers for the RC-212 IDE card, but since the system will boot from the Asus CD and my System Repair disc, I assume that's not it. Anyone seen this behavior before? Do you think I would have better luck if I replaced the IDE DVD drive with a SATA-based one?