initramfs unable to find a medium containing a live file system

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http://askubuntu.com – I have a R100 Toshiba external CD-Rom using pci card and usb floppy. I have tried to install XP to see if it works any different and to do that I have to use recovery disks for the Toshiba to make a X: drive and then use winnt to put files on hard drive and install from there other wise if it tries from the cd I get a blue screen. So is there anyway to do something similar to ubuntu? I have tried older versions and slow burns of the image. (HowTos)