With a known good Linux CD in the drive and the BIOS set to boot from the CD first, the ThinkPad POST screen would simply loop endlessly. I could see the drive light and hear the drive spin up but no success. I was however able to boot successfully from a USB drive.
Thinking that perhaps the drive was at fault, I swapped a known good drive with the same result. Any possible recommendations come to mind? Thanks in advance for any suggestions or advice.
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Try leaving the CD out of the drive at startup, then during POST press F12 to get to the boot device menu. After that, put the CD in and wait for it to finish initializing the disc, then choose the option to boot to CD.
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