Originally Posted by GEKKACAMEO
You'd be surprised at what kind of issues can be caused by an old cd drive. Jumper and boot order settings aside replacing an old cd drive can fix a lot of issues. It sounds like you have maybe a couple lying around. Do yourself a favor and try a different drive, maybe the one that's in your good machine and try things out again.
Maybe your drive is corrupt/bad head or something too. Try burning a Parted Magic CD. It's a linux based bootable partition tool it's easy enough to use. You want NTFS file system. If you get a good format on a bad drive and attempt to use it you can find out a lot about what you're dealing with. Especially considering the fact that I feel like that drive is the main issue. If a bootable cd doesn't work its a good sign that your're drive is in fact the problem.
The cd drive boots the cd, but 5 minutes into it, it freezes? Could that still be the CD drive?
ight frank I'll give that a try thanks!