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Normally to get to the BIOS settings, you need to press a key, frequently <DEL> or a Function key (the screen should show it) immediately after switching on. On newer machines there is also the possibility of pressing a key (on my machine, it's <F12>) to get a boot menu and you can select the CD from this menu without the need to change BIOS settings.
If you have an AWARD BIOS, the boot devices are on the Advanced BIOS settings (menu option 2).
Power down and when you power back up watch closely and you should see which key to hit to go into the bios and then you will need to navigate around to where you can make the CDROM bootable then follow the prompts to save and exit and reboot then put your cd in the drive and reboot and you should be looking at Linux
Usually the BIOS has an option to boot from CD-ROM first. You need to test the function with a windows installation CD to see if it will boot. If it will boot then try using your bootable CDs to see if they will boot up a different machiine