a friend has asked me to fix his old laptop. he gave it to a friend to try before he wanted to buy it, but then he gave it back to my friend with an old version of linux on.
now the problem is, grub is installed and doesnt show XP on there (so he has written over it) and when i try to boot from the oringinal XP cd (Real) i cant. it doesnt have an option to go into the bios, its asif it hasnt got one and also when it comes up "select f2 for boot selection" you can get nito the boot device selection but it wont allow you to select one
so, what i was thinking was, is there any way of making Grub boot the cd up?
the linux version is to old to even have the option to open the cd.
Grub is only the hard drive boot record it will not affect the bios. Try pressing del or f1 or esc keys while starting pc to enter bios then set cd to boot first. If it is a really old laptop it may not have a bootable cd drive/bios setup,it may have a cd rom but the old laptops do not boot from cd.