The problem is I am unable to boot from anything but the HDD, which makes my life somewhat difficult. The MSDOS boot disc is on a floppy (and of course, I don't have a floppy drive handy!)
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Why is this CD/DVD drive broke?
The problem is I am unable to boot from anything but the HDD
Did you have the disk in the drive at the time, it is not bootable without a boot disk in the tray, did the disk spin suggesting it was being read?
Will try this now. CD/DVD is set first and HDD second. I even disabled all other boot options leaving just CD and got an error saying there were no bootable devices
Was it stored on the BIOS chip?
Set time/date, turn off and unplug?
I am an idiot. I have no idea how I didn't notice. I replaced the PSU 2 years ago when it blew up (literally). It seems that I was a bit hasty when rewiring and completely forgot to plug the disc drives into the motherboard!
Very sorry to waste your time! Although it would be good to know how to make it accept USB
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