How I fixed it:
Originally the computer was an NT server. I changed the BIOS settings to boot from CDROM. It would not boot from CDROM.
I fdisked and reformatted the the drive to a DOS partition. Still no joy.
On a hunch I pulled the hard drive and CDROM and found the CDROM as master and the HD slave
Switched the jumpers to their proper settings. HD - master CDROM - slave.
Changed the BIOS settings to detect the new configuration.
Reset the BOOT sequence to CDROM.
Formatted the HD (ext3) and installed FC 2.
Now my wife has a windows free computer!