I don't have a floppy but my old system has DVD writer. I can boot using a DVD/CD.
Here are the specs:
Another thing I noticed was, when I inserted Ubuntu 12.04 LTS DVD and booted through it, my monitor started showing something like "out of sync frequency, please change resolution" message. I tried with Mageia 3 Live DVD as well. Got the same message. I have Xubuntu 12.04 LTS CD, which boots fine. However, it seems it has errors while writing. So after couple of installation wizard screens the UI crashes and I start seeing shutdown messages in the console.
Processor: AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1.67GHz,
Display adaptor: NVIDIA GeForce2 Integrated GPU
Any idea why frequency out of sync message might be coming?