At the moment I only have one IDE HDD and two IDE DVD drives but it wont see the optical drives. I can try a new cable but the one I have was fine before I changed the mobo. Bios is v02 58 AMI. So unsure how to set it to AHCI, I can't see that option.
rdave, thanks for the link anyway and that was the manual I was using to set it up. I have now ruled out the panel connectors as they are correct. I now have the DVD's working after a basic mistake of not reading the barely visible jumper settings on one of them properly. Still very erratic when booting up so I will do a clean instal on a new SATA HDD. which means I will be mixing IDE and SATA but not sure where in bios to set AHCI.