when i try to boot from xp disc on start up it says boot from any cd i hit enter but i goes right in to windows bios is set to boot from rom, is this a software or hardware problem?.
Sounds like something in your BIOS is quite right. Try making the CD Rom the 1st boot device. Some motherboards I had, have a Boot menu where hitting the ESC key on bootup will let you choose whice device ZIP, Floopy, CD etc…or your XP disk could be bad
Is it an original XP disk , cause some copies are not bootable
Do you perhaps have a wireless keyboard? Some keyboards tend to do this (I’ve seen it with Logitech and Microsoft ones). Never really looked for a cure btw, installing with a wired keyboard always did the trick for me.
Have you got 2 cd drives in your system? If so, try booting from the other one. Some system BIOS’s will only use one of 2 or more cd drives to boot from (most cases it uses the primary slave). If that doesn’t work then you more than likely have a faulty boot cd.