Beware the Asus P5GD1-VM motherboard!
In a nutshell, I replaced this mofo of a mobo because of one simple problem: it could not boot from an IDE CD-ROM drive, so I could not fix my computer. I thought there was something defective with my motherboard, so I replaced with with exactly the same one--and the new one had exactly the same problem.
However, there is exactly one scenario in which I was able to boot a CD. I was able to boot my Windows 2000 CD correctly under the following conditions:
- The CD-ROM drive must be on the primary IDE channel (it worked as Slave for me).
- In the BIOS, the "IDE mode" option must be set to "Compatible" (not "Enhanced", which is the default). You can tell when you are in "Compatible" mode because the BIOS screen shows only "Primary" and "Secondary", with no 3rd IDE pair.
There are a couple more caveats.
- I could not boot any Linux CD correctly under any circumstances. I tried Damn Small Linux, Knoppix and the Kubuntu Live CD (I used the current version of each CD as of Jan. 20, 2006). Even if the boot process starts, the Linux CD will be unable to mount the CD filesystem, or it will crash or freeze during startup. You can boot Kubuntu from an external USB 2.0 drive, but not DSL or Knoppix. I also tried a RIP Linux floppy disk, and it was unable to see the CD drive.
- The Windows 2000 CD will not see the hard drive unless it is on the Primary IDE channel. So put your HDD on Primary Master and your CD on Primary Slave. Kubuntu could not see the hard drive either when I tried it, but I don't remember what configuration I was using at the time.