Hdd Wont Boot From Disc

Summary of the rambling below:

1. Old hard drive failed, tried to replace it. 2. When i turn on the comp it shows cd rom on primary slave, and hard drive on secondary slave. Is this a problem or wrong?
3. The jumper on the cd rom is set to cable select. 4. Boot sequence in bios is set up to start from cdrom then c. 5.comp won't boot from disc, never gives option "push any key to boot from disc"

I have used this disc to install xp on my other comp and worked fine. And when i unplug the power from the hard drive, it gives the option boot from disc and goes into windows set up. The manager who i bought the hard drive from suggested maybe my cd rom isn't compatible with this newer hard drive?

Rambling begins: hello a couple days ago my hard drive failed in my old pentium 3 comp and yesterday i went out and bought a hard drive from a well known computer store. It's just a semi-used 40 gig hard drive, the manager working there told me he tested it just a day ago and that it had a fresh install of windows xp so he told me it was working. So today i tried installing it in my old pent 3, and it shows up when i start up the comp, it shows the cdrom on ide primary slave and shows the hard drive on ide secondary slave. Is there anything wrong with this? I was told that the hard drive has to be on it's own separate ide cable or at least on the "end" of the ide cable correct? Did i mess up already? The hard drive doesn't have a "key" on it for the correct jumper setting. So i just moved it 4 times until it finally showed up. And should the cd roms jumper be set to cable select, or master? Or slave? Right now it's on cable select and it's showing up as ide primary slave. Anyways, the windows xp disc is in the drive, and i have set it in the bios to boot from cdrom then c drive, but it never gives the option "push any key to boot from disc".

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