Welcome to LQ, Doctor.
Please let us know what type of error you have come across while trying to install linux. You should be able to use a simple partitioning scheme where you will have just 2 partitions - one for swap and one for /.
You should be aware that once you successfully install linux, grub or lilo (depending on the distribution you have chosen) will be the default boot loader. Of course you will be able to boot into Win98 and XP..
I request you to change the subject line to something more suitable - like Help with Linux Installation or something that best suits your problem.
Last edited by ppuru; 08-16-2004 at 03:56 AM.