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Fedora 8 update does not allow boot from CD

I recently installed a new hard-drive (120 GB ide Seagate) into my Dell Inspiron B130 laptop. Onto this I installed Fedora 8. Everything worked fine, with the exception of the wireless card that I was in the process of getting to work. When I plugged my laptop into my router, I was notified that there are a number of updates to install so I installed them. After doing so, my computer was no longer able to boot from CD. In fact, the usual Dell splash screen does not appear, there is just a blank screen until the Fedora boot process begins.
If I put in my old hard drive (Windows XP MCE, 40GB Hitache(stock)) the laptop just sits there and will not boot.
I have placed both of the harddrives in my external enclosure and my desktop reads them fine.
Is it possible that one of the updates for Fedora, or something with Fedora, screwed with my BIOS? If so, any thoughts on fixing this?
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