Thanks for reading.. I have a functioning HP Omnibook 5700CT laptop with a CD rom. The CD drive appears to be functioning and was working fine but I had to replace the HDD and now I can't get it to boot from a verified bootable CD. I think I used a win98 floppy before (not sure) but the floppy drive is NO LONGER available.
I checked the bios and there is not an option to boot directly from CD explicitly.
there are two main options: FDD or HDD first then there is another section for boot config:
Full, boot devices only (plug and play) and Auto Detect is the third option.
I suppose I could copy boot files to the HDD but I don't have a USB enclosure to put the drive in and was hoping someone might have an helpful tip to get machine to boot from the CD.
I know I could buy a replacement or a USB enclosure but I don't want to put any money into this beast, its going to live its last days a basic learning device.