I have an update to my bios problem. not sure if this has happened to anyone else.
If I reset the BIOS I can get the mobo to see the CD drives, at the same time the clock appears on the front panel and the webcam is ready for use. I can then restart Windows XP Pro as many times as I like and everything works great.
If I then shut down and switch off...... Then plug the power back in and switch on. The laptop will not see the CD drives nor will the time be displayed...