Recently i was running into some problem which had Windows freezing upon start, so i decided to give it a go and reinstall from the CD.
I set my CD/DVD-Rom drive as first boot device in the BIOS, inserted the Windows XP CD and restarted.
It came to "Press any key to boot from ATAPI CD-ROM" which i confirmed by pressing the enter key, and there it went - the CD started spinning, but all i got was a black screen with a blinking cursor. I waited for several minutes, the CD eventually stopped spinning and nothing else happened, so i repeated the procedure by pressing the "Reset" key.... same result, so i tought that maybe a DVD-Rom drive just can't be used to boot. No problem, i got a second drive, here a CD/R. In the BIOS i set THAT one as first boot device, inserted the CD in it, restart.... and.... SAME RESULT.
I ended up in opening the machine, disconnecting the DVD drive, plugging in an antique 4x CD-ROM that i still have and that still works (they just made them better quality back then) and bootet from that one - no problem whatsoever. I didn't bother to install from it, but after booting i got the option to "repair previous installation" which did the trick.
However now i want to know - how to get the PC to boot from a DVD or a CD/R drive? The drives in question are a SAMSUNG SW-208 CD Re/Writer and a ASUS DVD drive, but i can't remember what model precisely. The mainboard is a ASUS a7a-133, CPU is Duron 1000 running at 1.200 MHz, PSU is Enermax 380 Watts. RAM is 3x 256 MB INFINEON SD. Harddisks are Maxtor 40 GB and Seagate 40 GB.