thanks. sorry for the late reply.
yes, i do have it as first boot. i've even tried manually selecting it as my boot device as my system starts. the problem is, i'm not sure if there is something interrupting the board from running my dvd-rom drive correctly. it detects it and displays the name in the BIOS, but it just won't run correctly.
there is also a message, and i think i saw it around here posted already.
PXE-E61:Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M0F: Exiting NVIDIA Boot Agent
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
oh and here is my IDE set up:
my HD is connected to IDE1 Master with single select setting
my DVD-ROM Drive is connected to my IDE2 with master (tried Cable Select already) on.
I don't have a floppy drive installed.
i'll be grateful if any tips are given. thanks again