Well, if you just want to use the computer as a vcd player, take a look at LinVDR http://linvdr.org/
( german language )
Itīs a life-distro designed for watching VCDs ( i think so...
I never tryed it myself, but as far as i know, you can boot up your computer with LinVDR-cd and then remove the cd for watching a vcd or svcd....
Donīt know if this can solve the problem, but i think itīs worth a try.