Yeah, my DVD drive doesnt work on the xbox, so going that route cant happen.
The problem started after I ftp'd some tv shows over. However, when the controller stopped working I could change ports and it would work again for a while, then it would stop and need another port change. However, now even changing ports doesnt work and both my wireless and wired dont work, which is why I was thinking it was software. I am getting a new controller tonight and hopefully that works, otherwise it looks like it could be hardware from the xbox side.