Yes I have been using winXP (home and pro, on different machines) which might explain it partly. The first problem was that the floppy disk would not boot anyway. When that was sorted, I tried again, and got an emulation error and a long string of random characters bellow it.
Then I found these two sites which give usefull information about Norton Ghost, RADIFIED and the coaster factory which has a very useful program for making a bootable floppy disk for ghost.
Method I used to get a fully functional ghost boot cd, thanks to the coaster factory. This is just a modification of there method of making a self restoring ghost CD. So credit to them, and their article may also explain some of the slightly random things i seem to have done.
Firstly I copied the entire contence of the ghost boot disk with cd rom support I made using the ghost wizard to the folder GHOSTDISK on my HD.
Secondly i copied ghostpe.exe from the ghost folder, to the root GHOSTDISK folder as well, and renamed it ghost.exe so that detectCD.exe would work properly. Then I created a .bat file called ghost.bat, with the single line GHOST\GHOSTPE.EXE - what ever command line you want, and placed it in the GHOSTDISK folder.
Thirdly, using the coaster factory boot disk maker I made a boot disk. Using Nero i selected make a bootable CD, directed it to the boot disk, with standard 1.44MB floppy settings, and into the root of the CD dropped the contence of the GHOSTDISK folder.
Burnt it to CD, and ghost seems to work fine from it
Most of the files on the ISO part of the Cd are probably superfluous. I would think it would work with any version of the boot disks ghost can create for you though, as the boot part of the CD loads up the Cd drivers that are then used to load ghost.
Anyone got anything they want to add?