I got it to boot just fine from an old Lindows installation CD.
(Lindows 4) It was a CD-R, normal CD length (700Mb).
The drive I am using is very new - CD-RW combo DVD R,
but it doesn't seem to matter much how new/old the drive is.
I don't know anything about the actual image on the CD,
if there is anything special about it. It uses LILO - I know
If your computer is networked, you can dowload three Debian
Sarge installation floppies, enough to start a CD installation
or network installation. Once Linux is loaded, it should be
able to at least use the CD drive, even if it doesn't boot from it.
Link to the sarge floppies:
(mirror for Finland)
Same bios, 200MHz Pentium, 128 MB RAM.
I was hoping to make a good box out of it, but
it won't boot from a CD. The CDs I try are ones that other
computers will boot from.
The bios is quite apparently the problem here.
I tried three different CD drives, it makes no difference.
Right now I am looking for one of the following solutions:
1. A boot diskette that will start an installation from a CD.
2. a bios update
3. a diskette that will mount the CD, from which I could figure out how to install a boot sector, kernel, base system, etc, by copying.