Right, the Master/Slave thing worked so far as Windows detected new hardware - a Multimedia Audio Component - but the wizard failed to install it - by searching on the internet and also through a manual search through System and System 32.
Back to square One. Now it doesn't even recognise new hardware on boot.
I have replaced the drive with the old one and that shows up straight away, I have deleted the CDRW drive in Device Manager (the DVDRW never showed up) and scanned for new hardware - just installs the CDRW.
It has been suggested to me to try System Restore but I don't particularly want to go that drastic. RIght now, I just want to kick Mr NEC in the ging gang goolies repeatedly until they don't come back down!!!
Any final suggestions before I throw in the towel and send this crock back where it came from?