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It could be either an error on hte CD or an error with the download. If you verify hte MD5 sum you can see if the download was good. Then after inserting the first CD you should be able to do a media check. This will then tell you if the burn was successful.
You should really remove your partition (you can do it as part of the install). Unlike windows whihc uses a fiel for swap - linux uses a partition. There are other advantages to multiple partitions too. If you have a seperate "/home" partition then it is much easier to upgrade/change distros. You can just format all partition except the home partition which should leave all your data in tact.
LOL ...... thanks david, i thought i had cracked it when i tried that, after i found out how to get the boot prompt ........
it didnt make any difference though, the trouble i think could be is that i have a laptop and it only has one IDE channel (primary) so if that fix is for the secondary channel this is probably why it doesnt work !!!!!!!!