|Just some thoughts.......|
Most organizations whose computers that are connected to a network discourage the use of the cdrom and even the A: Drive.....so they may not be beyond use but in almost new
Did volunteer work in Florida and a number of donated system came in with the cdrom cables unplugged.....yeah that does keep people from using it....lol
All it takes is one infected cd or floppy to screw up the network. We called it a tenna net. Transporting software between computers VIA one own feet.
So I am leaning to the boot order being set to C: rather than the cdrom in the bios. Run the setup and be sure it boots off the cdrom first.
If still no joy it could be the means that were used to remove the old OS. Some wipe programs can toast a hd if it has a number of failing sectors on it.
The hd may need to fdisked and new partitions made if the above paragraph holds true.
When in bios , see if the hd is recognized as well.
Computers that came from schools had the ribbon cable removed or cut....and the kids would open the drawer and put
gum wrappers in them.....LOL!
Well again ...just a few thoughts.