can not boot from the CD

I have a Dimension 8300 running XP Pro and I am trying to reformat the hard drive and reinstall XP.  I can't boot from the CD.  At startup after F12 and selected to boot from the CD, the sytem always starts on the hard drive. I changed the BIOS boot sequence, but still no luck.  The works of CD to read and write, but no boot from the OS disk.  Once the system boots from the hard drive I can start the CD of the OS that gives me the ability to reinstall XP, but no option to reformat.  My top disc is a DVD-ROM and the second disc is a CD - R.  I tried to boot from both drives, but the machine continues to boot from the hard drive.  Any suggestions?

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