An apology is again in order for letting you hang out there in space all this time. I am sorry; that was rude, and I try not to be rude.
My last post was confusing, even to me after reading it just now. Will not boot from ide rom conflicts with IDE rom continues to work ok. I meant that I could do anything else with the IDE rom EXCEPT boot from it....so it really was not working ok.
But that changed sometime during that day or shortly after. I'd been trying to boot from the new ISO download cd of PCLOS (with the classy brushed grey desktop). Kept going straight to the SATA hard drive installation. Shut the thing off and got to work. Completely forgot the cd in the rom. When next I turned the machine on, left the machine for a minute, and when I came back, the grey desktop was loaded, showing all the boot options. But it did not load much further. Tried it twice more, and on the second try, it again went straight to the SATA hard drive. Fished the disk out, unhooked the rom, and went about my business.
During my cleaning frenzy in the storm shelter that day, I brought my emergency bag (for tornado season) back into the house, went through it and found a remastered DVD of my system from April 15. Put it in the SATA DVDRW (using the paper clip yet again to access the tray), and it loaded right up, very quickly. Ran like a dream all day, whenever I had time to do something with the 'puter.
Decided to install it on part of the empty partition on the big SATA drive....behind the sometimes "iffy" newer installation I was using. (Again, did not have to pry the DVDRW tray open to get the disk back....coughed it up right on schedule at the end of the installation.)
The new installation of the April remaster works like a dream....faster than anything has for a few months, and I've had absolutely no problems with it. The time and date are always spot on, probably thanks to the editing of files following Bald Brick's instructions. There are things not up to par, ...but I can use it for now; if it goes downhill, I'll have to rethink that, or dig out some paper and a pencil....after a short trip out in the pasture to throw the thing over the creek bank.
I'm trying to catch up on things that could not be done this summer because of four months of "temperatures from H*ll", and really don't have the time to concentrate on this project properly right now. When I get all the chickens canned/frozen, coops all cleaned, gardens all compost covered, raspberry fence supports built, etc., then I will again tackle this thing. For now, I have a USB DVDRW that I can use if I need an extra, and won't need Windows until I start making calendars for Christmas gifts. So will keep my fingers crossed, not change any settings, and try very hard to "hold my mouth right" so things keep on keeping on.
Thank you all for your help; it has all been very much appreciated. And, when I get my work done, if the other suggestions given in this post have not completely cleared things up, "I shall return". Have a great week-end. et