If not try other SATA ports.
Ok, I picked up an internal cd rom HP dvd1260 in hopes of smooth sailing to getting my computer online. However, when I went to install windows 7, there is zero option to boot from disk, or even a noticable attempt to read the disk.
The motherboard is a GA-990fxa-ud3, with a AMD phenom II CPU.
I have no idea what to do here.