K7N2G will not load windows xp with any type of dvd/cd drive installed?

This is on my old computer, the specs are as follows
athlon 2600+
radeon 9700 pro
Caviar SE wd800
1gb samsung ddr333
 It does not matter if it is keyed as master or slave, primary or secondary my old k7n2g will not load windows with a cd drive installed. I have tried three different drives and everything that I can think of, changed cables, channels, drives, everything. Windows just hangs. I cannot even get into safe mode. Is this an IRQ problem? The drives keeps trying to eject themselves, no matter what kind I use. This has never happened before, but there was a point before this problem where the vga wouldn't kick on (at the login screen) until I hit eject on the cd drive. This is driving me crazy and I have a girlfriend who just has to play her stupid sims and will not stop bothering me about it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help me!
PS here is my NEW workstation (I couldn't be happier to get rid of the old system)
two Opteron 250 90nm
2gb 2-3-2-6 Corsair Reg/ECC DDR 400
Tyan Thunder K8WE
1x BFG 7800GTX OC (one for now)
Audigy 4 Pro
Seagate Cheetah U160 10k 73.4 gb
Atlas V U160 18.3 gb
Lite on Dual Layer burner

Your Tyan based hardware listing on the first post has no relevance to anything, and might only serve to confuse. Please remove it and put the hardware you are trying to troubleshoot in a signature. Look in your profile>Forum Profile Information and enter that in the Signature box. That way we wont have to scroll to hunt down your hardware specs
So let us get this straight.
This system used to work fine? Yes? Then what prompted you to reload the OS?
You mentioned that didn't happen when you owned it. Are we to assume that at some point you sold or gave parts of this system to someone else? If so, what changed?
A little more history might prove useful in helping us to give you better suggestions.
Look at the PSU and give the Amps for the +3.3, +5v, & +12v lines.
***Edit, from what I see on the net, that is a dual rail PSU and the amps are as follows:
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Is this correct?
Both the 3.3 and +5v seem a little low to me, but I am not entirely convinced that would be your problem. However, the fact that the 12v rails are split, can lead to other problems such as overvoltage protection circuitry getting in the way. Especially if the 16amp 12v rail is overloaded.
This is something to consider. Just because it is supposedly capable of wattage over it's rated power output doesn't mean it can handle what you're throwing at it all at once. If you have a single rail PSU that has at least 18 amps on the 12v rail to test with, we could almost definitively rule out power as the sole problem or a contributing factor.
I have never had a CD rejected, but if you could be more detailed about what you have connected to the board while attempting to load the OS, and then a detailed description of at what point the OS installation fails, and the CD is ejected, that would be helpful as well.
The fact that you've tried several drives, cables, with the same result. And also had a blackscreen event, does point to at least one problem that could point to a power issue. The CD rejection issue is foreign to me since I usually use the same type of PSU in all my builds or ones that I know work with a particular set of hardware, so I can't attribut that to a power issue.
Did you try clearing the CMOS and then initialize the default settings?
Do you have a cheap AGP card to try instead of the 9700?

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