Linux install problems

This may be more of a hardware issue, but..

I am starting to install Linux (and several other apps).  I downloaded and burned the CDs for Fedora Linux.  I have a very old Dell and I can't get the darn thing to boot from a CD.  I changed the BIOS and made the CD the first boot option.  I tried a Win XP boot disk with no luck.

I posted this in the Linux area because I found posts from other Linux users that seemed to acknowledge this problem.  

Am I S-O-L??  Keep in mind that the drive is accessible from Windows, so I know that it is working.

Thanks in advance
JDF
johnfaigAsked:
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slyongConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you cannot boot up from CDROM drive (the BIOS doesn't support it), try Smart Boot Manager from http://btmgr.webframe.org/.  It will allow you to boot up from floppy then boot over to CDROM
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yuriskConnect With a Mentor Commented:
An alternative to the mentioned above is installing Fedora from several (6) boot
floppies, you'll find the detailed instructions here:
http://www.thisiscool.com/fcfloppy.htm

Download the floppies images for your version of Fedora from there,unpack it (it is in gzip archive, WinRAR can for example do it) ,put in the created folder RAWRITE.exe ,open up DOS prompt (Start->Run..->cmd->Enter) , switch to the folder with images: c:>cd c:\path\to\the\folder,
 and copy them to 6 floppies with the RAWRITE.EXE: c:>rawrite
(Before copying images don't forget to format the floppies - in Explorer right click on floppy drive
where the floppy is ,then click Format ..)
RAWRAITE.exe is utility available in many places,e.g.:
http://www.tux.org/pub/dos/rawrite/
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