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If one drive has resently been installed on the back of the drive there is a jumper with 3 choices of c/s S and M if the jumper is set to cs changer one drive to M for master and change the other drive to S for slave and reboot. If it still wont show drives try reversing the jumpers and reboot. If still not working change your cable to the motherboard.
I wonder if the power just went out or if you had a surge then went out. The settings are stored in a nonvolitile ram inside so you can't just unplug it and get it to reset. The bit about the buttons no longer working sounds like a power surge damaged the board. Not sure what we could do if we had it in the shop. And it would probably be cheaper to buy a new one than what the repair bill would come to.
To work around this you can adjust the contrast setting in windows (assuming thats what you are using). You need to get into display properties. It may be also under the display or video control manager if your video card uses one. I have a ATI on this machine and I have to open CCC or catalyst Control Center to get at what we need. Usually you can just right clik on a blank place on the desktop and the select properties which brings up the display stuff. Then click the settings tab, then advanced (lower right) which open a new window and then click on the Color tab. This will have a few sliders to adjust the color as well as brightness and contrast. Once you find a setting that works hit apply and you are done. If the monitor gets sorted out or replaced then you just need to go back in there and hit reset and the sliders go back to the normal positions.
Did you uninstall your old graphics card driver first,if not try starting up in safe mode(pressing F8 on boot up)and hopefully you can uninstall your old driver through ADD/Remove programmes.
Try booting again and install drivers from instalation CD.
If you did not have an old graphics card and you were using your onboard graphics display, you will have to connect back to the VGA port you previously used and enter the bios(pressing F2 or DEL on boot up) and enabling your AGP card as the primary display device in the 'Advanced Chipset Features'.
Press ESC and it will ask if you want to save settings on exit ;press 'Y'.
Connect monitor back up to your new card,boot up and install drivers from your installation CD.