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I have an older computer (1994) and it can't boot from CDROM. How can I install some sort of boot manager that lets me boot from any CD?

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It's a computer that is unused. It's hard drive is currently blank. –  Mackindale Nov 20 '09 at 1:58

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Take a look here - Bart's CD-Rom Boot Disk. When I had a similar issue, I used this. You can generate a floppy disk that will contain the drivers needed to boot off of a CD drive.

In addition, unless this is for someone else, if it is a machine that you have an old application on, have you thought about virtualisation?

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Smart boot manager might be of help

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