Will not boot from XP CD

My system:
Asus A7N8X
1 GB PC3200 DDR 400
Koolance PC2-601 liquid cooling system (running great)
Maxtor 80GB Diamond Max (x2)
HP 8200 plus CD/RW

My problem:
The system will not boot from cd.
The BIOS is set to CD for all three boot devices.
I have tried with the cd/rw listed above as well as two other (admitedly) older cd-rom drives (1999 and before) with no luck. Same results which are a message saying

PGE-E61 Media test failure, check cable
Exiting nVidia Boot Agent

If I press enter it does the same thing, but so fast it doesn't even have time to spin up the cd. Too fast it seems.

I have tried different IDE cables and checked all my connections many times. I am in the correct Secondary IDE spot on the mobo for the CD drives I have tried. I am at a loss for what to do. I am confident temperature is not the issue.

Any ideas or advice....please!!!??

Rob O
Burlington VT
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