|I wonder who this other idiot was? Seems that everything is always some other idiots fault.|
How did you create the CD with the ISO file. Did you just copy the ISO file to the CD and hope it would work. An ISO file is an image of a CD and needs to burnt to the CD with software that understands ISO files.
The fact that you have an ISO file suggests that it is a pirate copy and may not work at all with you computer. You need the original restore disk that came with the laptop.