software installation problem and slow startup

  Graham-282087 23:11 04 Jan 06

When I place a cd in the drive the disk spins up and the title page for the programme comes up with all options including install. When I select this the disk spins up, but the programme doesn't start the installation process and eventually (about 1 minute) the hour glass stops and the arrow returns. I have tried several cd's and the same problem exists for these disks. I have also tried an external cd drive with the same results. I have run a system mechanic(zone lab sys mech6) to check the registry and tune up the system in an attempt to sort the problem but this had no effect.
The PC also takes 4minutes to start is this normal?
OS-XP pro with SP2, zone lab firewall,mcaffee virus protection

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