you can do it wrong, and you can do it right. That's why I asked for the details.
Things you still don't tell:
- if this CD boots on other machines
- if other CD's boot on this machine
- how exactly you made this CD
Without this information, it's impossible to give any useful help.
For example, booting from the original Microsoft issued Windows XP should always work if the BIOS is set to boot from CD, the hardware is OK and the disk is OK. Then you can repartition the hard disk and reinstall Windows. This eliminates all possible issues with these Linux CD's you made. In post 19, however, you state that it doesn't work. That leaves 3 options:
1. The BIOS isn't set to boot from CD.
2. There's a hardware issue with the CD-drive, the cable or the motherboard.
3. The original Microsoft issued Windows XP disk is damaged.
Of course, if all is fine, you MAY install Linux. But there's no NEED to.