Alright, there is enough knowledgeable folks here to help me figure this out, and I thank in advance anyone with an untried ideal.
Rev. A iMac - 233MHz - 512M/6M - 120G/24x - added connector for floppy (only works when booted at 8.5 or lower)
The full story:
My HD is a 120G with three partitions. The boot partition (7G) had X.2.8 and a 9.2.2 OS. Everything worked well. On another partition, is a few DiskCopy images of the 7G partition with varying stages of OS (8.1, 8.5, 9.1, and X(base), X.2.8, ... ). I kept these because I would periodically need a test bed to let me hack around with the OS (via ResEdit). During one episode, I dropped an image of OS X back onto my HD. I forgot to boot back onto an OS X CD and run Disk Repair to fix the permissions and attempted to boot directly back into OS X.2.x. At this time many things were bad - big understatement, huh?
I was able to take my original 4.3G and reinstall it. This drive had a clean install of OS X.1 and 9.2.2. As I saw life come back to my precious, I noted that the CD was dead. On some occasions, the physical device was viewable from ASP, sometimes not. In every case, the tray would open when the button was pushed (it is getting power) and would spin the disk a few times when one was inserted (recognition that something might be there - maybe?), but no volume would ever be mounted.
I have verified all physical connections, left the machine unplugged for a few days, reset the CUDA, reset the nv-ram, reset the pr-ram, and tried every bootable (Apple mfrd) CD I have. I have since upgraded my CD to a MCE CD RW. The device is not being recognized either. I am fairly certain that the physical drives (original and replacement) are in good working order. I believe that something has been corrupted that resides on the mother board or somewhere off of the HD. Since I placed in a good HD with a known working config for this very machine and have swapped (CD) drives with no results, I am led to believe th problem is something on a board.
I beg any of you for some insight.
I have a working floppy drive and a boot disk for OS 7. I have not yet tried to boot the iMac from this drive as I do not have the cable plugged in at the moment. If I boot into firmware, how do I tell it to find this drive (mac-boot ?)
-- doug-doug the (not so) mighty (at this particular moment).