i/o error

I've tried burning the Windows 7 iso 3 times, twice at 1x speed. Each time it completes and tries to boot up after restart it gives me an i/o error and says it is having trouble communicating with a device in relation to winload.exe. I've tried running it on Virtual PC and it seems to get past this point no problem. I was going to try booting from USB but my motherboard doesn't appear to support it. Any ideas what's going wrong.

I've got
Intel E2160 processor
Nvidia 6200 graphics card
Creative Audigy sound card
Digitv TV card
2 hard discs 80GB and 400 GB (80GB drive occasionally showing faults on startup, triggering chkdsk)


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