post 2000 yr bios required for ubuntu installation

Bit Paranoid bitparanoid at
Sun May 20 20:04:37 UTC 2007

  I recently bought an old Compaq Armada M700 laptop.  I have both  the CD and floppy drives for it, but can only have one in place at a  time.  
  When I tried to install Ubuntu 7.04 via the CD I received from Ubuntu  in the mail, it complained that my BIOS didnt make the cut-off date and  it was "pre-2000".  
  The problem is when I go to HP to get a new BIOS update, HP requires  you download it for various flavors of Windows (only) and when I try to  update using those the laptop complains ntldr, etc., is missing.   I dont really want to fool with trying to install Windoze (dont have  any CDs for that anyway) and I just want to get Fiesty Fawn  installed.  
  Are there any workarounds for this?
  Thanks much,
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