The CD Drive is a LITEON CD-ROM LTN486S
Just not supported I'm afraid (from my experience).
I have this CD-ROM drive in an old IBM NetVista desktop system. The only distro I could install was Zenwalk 4.8 [www.zenwalk.org]
openSuSE 10.2 / Ubuntu 5.10, 6.06, 7.10 / Mandriva 2006 / all fail to install with this CD-ROM drive
THIS IS NOT AN EXTENSIVE LIST - just the distros I had around at the time.
So, stick with Zenwalk 4.8 or change the drive.