I have an HP Pavilion zt3010us, its been a decent machine and I've really enjoyed exploring on it. I purchased it as an XP Home Edition and have been jumping between XP and SuSE 9.1 Professional on it since its purchase (usually dual boot but sometimes not - for reasons I can't explain I enjoy re-installing).
I recently wiped the SuSE install in favor of Fedora Core 3 and have had some minor issues with the install - namely I've struggled getting the wireless network card to see my WEP network. As I'm prone to, I tried reinstalling the OS but now the CDRW/DVD will recognise the bootable media (XP or FC3) but not run the installer/initial setup of any bootable OS media I have. I've redownloaded, re-burnt DVDs and CDs and have even used MS stamped media but nothing.
This system doesn't appear to be PXE enabled and lacks an internal or external floppy drive so I appear to be stuck using the ROM that now doesn't work. I recall a couple years back a Linux distro (Mandrake I think it was) altering the BIOS or firmware on certain CD ROMS rendering them with limited functionalty somehow. Does anyone know of FC3 doing this? And if so, if there is a solution to the problem?
The drive is a Sony DVD+RW DW-P50A.
Naturally I don't mean to blame Fedora, the machine is not new and the hardware could be to blame for all this but I'm hoping not and with a configuration change I get back to enjoying it.
Thanks for your time and attention,