It may simply be a bad CD.. No way to know for sure till you try a different bootdisc. For example, Have you got a Window XP installation disc in the house?
Hope this helps.
I have a Gateway 600YGR with a Toshiba SR-C8102, it's running XP. I need to reimage it, but can't get it to boot to the CD Rom. It's a rewritable, I did reset the BIOS, saved it and the change shows up after a restart, but it will not boot to the CD. I did switch out the CD Rom with one I know that works. Both CD Roms will recognize and play the cd, it's a state approved boot cd, but the machine will simply not boot to the CD.
As I just noted this laptop belongs to the state, so I can't buy parts or call a tech (I work for her and she's had trouble with it too)
Is there anything else I can try?