It doesn't get far.
The optical drive spins. Pressing ESC for bios, to change boot device doesn't work.
On some attempts, the screen will go blank, but there is no progress indication.
Slax does boot, but there is a minor graphics rendering issue.
Ultimate boot CD also boots.
I tried clonezilla on both RW and R cds, and got the same behavior.
Same behavior in three laptops. And I've verified that my optical media works in other laptops and PCs.
Since the systems are new, I have HP support on the phone, but there's not much progress there. They want me to have a windows boot CD, which of course, I don't have. The system comes with win 7 installed.