Posted 28 October 2009 - 10:49 AM
When I look at the first graphic, I see that you have the optical drive as the Master, seemingly connected on the same cable as the boot hard drive. If this is so, it needs to be reversed. Theoretically, it should make no difference...if you have a motherboard with only 1 IDE connector and a cable that supports independency of both drives (as I have)...but I would change it, anyway.
The hard drive should be on the end connector, with the optical drive on the middle...if they are on the same cable.
The second graphic doesn't matter, the order really isn't important. I set the hard drive as the first boot device, with the optical drive as the second...because the only time I will ever boot with the optical (after my initial install of XP)...is if I have problems (then I just change it until I resolve whatever the problem is). Many prefer to have the optical as the first boot device.
Your third graphic reflects a SATA drive as the first boot device. You need to double-click on each of those entries...and make the PATA drive (the Seagate drive) your first bootable hard drive. There's really no need to assert a second, if you don't have Windows installed on a second drive.
You have a Phoenix-Award BIOS, same as I have on this system.
Once you make the change for boot drives...and save the changes made (F10)...the system should reboot and go into XP correctly.
Your system would not boot without the CD...because you had the optical drive set up as the first boot device. It could not boot from the correct hard drive...because you had the SATA drive (which contains no O/S) as the first hard drive to boot from.