ok, the whirring noise i was having on boot, i think it was my cd drive not the hard drive, i'm not sure. (see this thread) however, it doesnt make it at the moment, but when i get into windows, i cannot use either of my DVD or CD-R drives!!! they do appear in my computer, and the device manager says there is no problem with them, but... if i put something in , and then try and access it, D (the dvd) says "incorrect function" and E simply opens up, and shows as empty (probably something to do with the built in cd recording of xp). what is going on? are my cd drives broken? i tried booting into dos with cdrom support using a 98 boot disk and i could get a DIR on both drives, so i think they are working to at least some extent. any ideas? i am worried.