|Don't flash the BIOS unless you're really certain it will help and you know what you're doing - you could make things worse.|
What point does the system get to when you boot from the installation CD?
If you are getting messages about the BIOS then try accessing it and resetting it to defaults, check time and date, then change the boot order to floppy/CD/HDD. Restart with the CD in the drive and it should get you to 'press any key to boot from the CD'.
"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..."