Actually, my other computer I have access to right now is a laptop
I ran the text install and it is basically the same, except im getting the CD check right now, so that will hopefully answer my question on whether its the CD or not.
Also, what i was thinking of, was if my Desktop could boot from the CD-ROM on my laptop via shared hardware.
I've Installed software like this before when my CD-ROM was acting up on a certain install.
Note: Media Check of the image failed...
looks like a kicked up a lot of hassle for nothing.
time to re-download and re-burn