Though Im fully aware that posting such a question may get me flamed to all hell, I would really like somewhat of a straight answer in order to get things off the ground with my first time use with a Linux system.
Currently, on the computer next to me, I am running Windows XP on a Compaq Pressario X86. 2.4ghz Celeron, 512+ ram, blah blah blah... Problem is, I want to install SuSE or Gentoo (I already have the 5 CD image(s) SuSE so that would be much better for me) as well as keep my -cringes- XP OS and all the files included in it (my little brother uses it for gaming, and I want to back up some stuff before I wipe it clean) but it wont boot from the CD-ROM, nor can I install from Windows (though I dont think your supposed to be able to, correct?)
So basically put, I guess I dont know why I cant boot-install (and yes I did change it to boot from CD in the BIOS) and partition the HD so I can keep XP and start using SuSE at the same time.
Any help to get me going here would be greatly appreciated.