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Have you looked at The All In One Boot Floppy? It can boot a CD with a few menu selections. It using Smart Boot Manager underneath so you can look at that to make something without (or with less) interaction.
I would try Knoppix. I've had good luck with it running on older hardware in the past, especially when booting it as a LiveCD. Also I might try using Unetbootin to install an ISO onto a USB thumbdrive and boot the system using that instead.
An better alternative to all in one boot floppy is probably to use BCDL. The bootable CD loader automaticaly boots the first CDROM. The problem is that its CD driver is no longer up to date, so you need to upgrade VIDE-CDD.SYS on the floppy with e.g. XCDROM.SYS taken from here. (Only tried with a virtual machine, not with a real FDD).
The original code in Linux for NTFS partitions could change an NTFS partition, but required you to do a disk check after rebooting into Windows NT. I am not sure when this was, it might have been those in last millenium with SuSE 4. And not working from a live CD, but from a dual boot machine. That changed with NTFS3G, where this is no longer necessary ...
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