Originally Posted by MeTzenAs
go into the bios and change the boot order to include the device you are trying to boot from first. (IE cdrom if your trying to boot from the xp cd)
Quite immaterial, if the boot order is 1. Floppy, 2. CD-Rom, 3. HDD and there is no bootable floppy or bootable disk in the rom drive it will boot from the HDD, this isn't happening, so he puts the cd in and in the boot order that is the first bootable device encountered.
It still means he is unable to boot from the HDD.
@ OP, you do have the HDD in your boot order as a bootable device don't you?? Is the HDD you are trying to boot from recognised in the bios?