Absolutely, but unless I misunderstood, he can't boot to the CD. Make sure CD is selected as boot and that it is not a slave on the same IDE connection as another disk drive. If it skips the disk check and gets you the error, try manually selecting the boot device.
I can do this by holding F8 after post.
Do you have another optical drive to try? If not make a iso and put it on a flash drive and boot with it.