OK, so first, here's what I discovered from the BIOS:
that the Bios is version A08
That the Primary Master drive - hard drive (40gb, so assumedly the main partition)
primary slave drive - hard drive (40gb - assumedly other partition)
seconday master - says cd rom, but under details, is the cd drive
secondary slave drive - the dvd drive
so under boot menu options, it simply says IDE cd-ROM device, so i'm assuming it would try both.
so what i did:
put the dvd in the dvd rom drive, selected IDE CD ROM device, after a second, windows 2000 started loading.
did the same thing, but - just to see - put the dvd in the cd rom drive, assuming there would be no difference.
what happenned was that it went to the windows 2000 pre logo boot up, like before, except then stopped, and now whenever i try to boot up the computer, at this point am told, "Windows 2000 cpi;d not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMced startup options for Windows 2000, press F8.
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windowss 2000 setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM.
Select 'r' at the first screen to repair."
Hopefully I can find the disc, tomorrow as I think it's at work...
But any help, diagnostic, suggestions for what to do instead? Clearly it's almost as if it can't load it from DVD...I tried putting in a Windows Vista Restore disc to see if the problem could be fixed that way, but no suprise, the restore disc did not even come up.
Thank you all so much.
I should mention, that perhaps this has something to do with the fact that I copied the contents of the ISO file to the secondary partition? BUt this didn't cause problems when I booted up before, so I do not think this should be the problem, except I remember seeing nonce in my research, a page that said something somethin (0)partition(2) - file
stuff(0)stuff(o)stuff(0) - file
three more times
then one where it said a bootup file could not be found