a few things:
#1, instead of Fedora 17, user Fedora 18, it is the current OS and much better then 17.
#1a F18 is a complete remake on the installer so heads up
#2, floppy drives are no longer supported by default from what I have read and understad.
#3, the larger problem is Win8 and the fact that it attempts to BLOCK all other OSs from being installed on the computer including other MS OSs.
#4, Fedora 18 should be able to get around your issues.