I got one of the CD drives working, deliberately choosing just one, by attaching it to the Ultra ATA card instead of the motherboard. I would like to get the motherboard slot to be available as well but have not been able to find the settings in the BIOS that I need to change.
I finetuned other stuff, improving the performance - when the system starts properly.
The "win.com not found" error only came up once in several restarts. Seems promising.
I saw a young woman playing a keyboard and singing at Borders Bookstore. I talked to her during the break. Her voice reminds me of Shawn Colvin's, a very pretty voice. Her songs are promising, and her keyboard work pretty damned good. I was impressed, took her card, which is rather nicely made, and signed up on her email mailing list - don't really know why, but I rather liked her.
I have been listening to a new CD...oh yeah, I listed it in this post...like it a lot.
And I changed the sheets on my bed.