Dell vostro 1000 will not boot to CD/DVD drive

Trying to fix a laptop for a disabled friend (i.e.-no money to buy new one).

I replaced a bad hard drive, but cannot get it to boot to the CD to install an OS.
When I try to select the CD/DVD drive in boot menu and move it to the top of the list, it puts an exclamation point next to it.

When I boot up, it doesn't offer the option to boot from CD, then tells me the OS cannot be found (duh, hard drive is empty!).

I ran the Dell diagnostic from F12 on boot and no errors were found (it DOES warn me about the bad battery, incorrect charger though).

The CD/DVD drive IS recognized and shown in the drives list.

I can't set up a flash drive to boot from (none handy).

Any ideas before I get extreme with it?

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  1. might be a faulty CD rom, just because it's recognized doesn't mean it's in working condition
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