Thanks guys, i had the same idea and tried it.. it still took a long time, but it did eventually go through. After that i had an issue where it would only detect my mouse on disk 1, and didn't detect the mouse or keyboard again after that.. but i switched to the DVD install, and plugged in a PS/2 mouse, and everything went fine. Up and running now!
Thanks for the help guys, hopefully i won't have to be a bother again for a while! lol