Thank you for your reply.
I have gone ahead and tried to install RH 8.0.
Needless to say, things did not go well
For some reason, the installation always got stuck at:
Transferring boot image to hard drive portion.
Never went beyond that.
With Partition Magic 8.0, I moved the XP partition to the end of the hard disk and then tried it... and this time it worked.
So, the 1024 Cylinder limit must still be there somewhere... maybe it is my BIOS that's causing the problem. After many searches, I came across a document that says that even though 8.0 deals with Cylinder 1024... if the computer is 2yrs or older it still won't work. And my computer is approx. 3 yrs old.
It was a good learning experience.