how do i make my CD drive a bootable device
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You simply need to go to the BIOS settings. The moment your machine starts, see what combination you need to press - it should tell you. It is usually F12 or F2, but it can be anything.
Then, look for something that says boot settings, or boot order, and change it so that optical drive is first.
I cannot give more precise information because it is different on different BIOSs.
If this is a once off thing for a new OS, I recommend that instead you press Esc or whatever the shortcut key is on your machine that says "Show Boot Menu". This should allow you to set the CD as bootable once without making any system wide changes.