To clear up a missunderstanding,by not booting i ment not loading into windows.
After changing the bootsequence,my PC behaves as follows:
Startup without CD in drive:
The first 2 screens come on,the orange light next to the green powerlight shows activity,it then loads into the black screen with "-" flashing.The orange light then goes off.
Startup with windows CD in drive:
First loads into sreen,asking if i want to load CD.I confirm and the disc loads .When selecting either options (R or install)the message " no hdd connected".
Startup with Puppy Linux :
Linux starts loading by itself
PS: sometimes, when trying to load windows,the screen shows a MSI logo,which looks heavyly distorted (like a old damaged videotape on playback).It only lasts for a split second,and then the blackscreen.During this,the orange light flickers.Also,no guarantie,that second hdd is perfect.I can read the contents with Linux,but it doesent mean that parts of the disc are not defective.It's a maxtor after all!
Oh,i just notest,i've never posted the system specs:
running XP home SP3
Ok,i hope that this makes things a bit clearer.