|No drivers needed normally to boot.|
Be sure your cd is good also.
Try making another boot cd like a live linux cd. Puppy or dsl and see if it boots to the cd's
If fails then you can suspect the netbook.
It is strange, still sounds like you are not really booting to the cd.
"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10