Then it would get to where it was restarting on its own for no reason. Then sometimes the bios recognized the master and the slave drive and loaded, but most of the time it didn't recognize either, and wouldn't load. Sometimes it just recognized one drive.
As a side note, even when I try to load a linux live cd, most of the time I get to where /bin/sh can't access tty. (hda timeout waiting for DMA)
check ide cable and power cables fully inserted at drives and motherboard.