Further, I've had to deal with some extra *special* annoyances from having a SATA disk system. All this came about because I wanted to install a SATA CD/DVD burning drive to replace my old IDE 24x CD drive. Admittedly, I knew the system wasn't quite well so I meant to look into the issues while upgrading. Little did I know what a dark spiral this would be.
So, my SATA CD won't detect during POST; that means I can't boot from the CD. My floppy drive is busted so that means I can't boot from the floppy. I've resorted to pulling the IDE CD from my second desktop but I can't re-install from that because I need the SATA drivers for Windows to detect the hard drive and I've got no floppy to read them from. I guess I have to go get another floppy drive.
Ugh. The only good news is that I'm pretty sure the motherboard/CPU/HD/Memory aren't dead. But with things going the way they have, I'm continually skeptical of how long that will remain true.