" The bios seems to recognise the drive ie it is displayed on the start up screen and when entering the bios it is also recognised. However it recognises it as a samsung drive at 160 gb but does not fill in values for cylinders heads and secors."
That should be fine, just leave it on auto in the bios. F10 to save settings and exit.
If you are going to use windows 2000, don't use the ME boot up disk. just set the bios to cdrom for first boot. Pop the cd in the cdrom drive, start the computer and follow the installation prompts. You can format and partition the drive as you load windows 2000.
here is a brilliant guide to installing 2000. click here