Okay. I switched the motherboard with the other shuttle PC I have and the installation worked the first time. I guess there was something malfunctioning on that board. It's times like this I wish I knew more about hardware.
But tell me this. For the hell of it, I switched the PATA optical drive with a SATA drive and I was unable to boot the setup for any of my windows 7/vista discs, but it worked just fine with the parallel drive. I know the sata drive is working because it is perfectly functional in my brother's HP machine for booting the same discs, etc. Are additional drivers
needed, or is there a setting in the CMOS that needs to be changed?