|i would strongly suspect that your IDE/SATA converter is the problem. is there no driver installation required?|
yes, your optical drive should show up in the BIOS. If it's not, there's no point in trying to access disks with it. Step 1 is Get the Bios to see the optical drive.
do you have an IDE hard disk drive (HDD)? you could replace the optical drive with that IDE HDD as a test to see if the SATA/IDE converter is working. if the HDD doesn't show up either, you know it's the converter.
other simple troubleshooting steps would be to try another IDE cable, another SATA cable, and another SATA port on the mobo, but i doubt the problem is with any of these components.