Fix the nonbooting CD issue. It's the easy way out. Either BIOS update, or a new CDROM drive and it's usually cured.
If you can't (or won't) fix it, you have to look into diskette boot options for Linux installs. I will not duplicate web pages about RAWRITE and how to make these boot diskettes since it's documented all over.
ive got a windows xp machine, but i wanted to dual boot with suse 9.1. I have the suse CD, but the CDRW drive isnt bootable - even though i have the option in the bios to boot from it.
Is there any way to install linux from windows? or am i just going to have to give it up
256mb Kingston DDR
40gb maxtor (single NTFS partition)
Windows XP Pro (corp) with SP2