Never bothered to try the second CD.
How would it not be hardware?
From the beginning.
1. I brought the computer home. It wouldn't load Slack off of known good CDs. Ok. Loaded SuSE (from CD), partitioned, put the Slackware CD on a dedicated partition.
2. Booted up, used the CD, loaded from the partition. Installed fine.
3. Piddled around, loaded SuSE 9.2 (via ftp) when it came out.
4. Went back reinstalled Slack from the same partition again with no problems.
5. Got Slackware 10.1, put the CDs on the partition and used new CDs since I thought maybe it was a CD issue even though it worked on my laptop for installing.
Booted up using the CD like I've done, went through setting up partitions, got to the installation process and it puked installing from the HD.
6. Ok, wierd, so I copied the files from Slack 10 (previously on the partition) back to the partition. I used these very CDs and files to install Slack 10 from the HD before.
Rebooted. Same thing, error messages all over the place installing from the Hard Drive.
So I've successfully installed from the Hard drive but never from CD. Now the installation from the hard drive is failing just like the CDs even when I use the same files I previously used to install on this machine so I know the files are not corrupt as the installer states.
I then tried Ubuntu this AM just to see. No go, it won't load any packages from the CD. Had an error reading them. Gee, that sounds familiar.
So if it's not hardware then what is it? I've tried two different types of CD, and previously been successful. Plus I've installed Slackare 10 and 10.1 using the same CDs that fail on the desktop on my laptop.
I'm stuck with a desktop that I can't even use since there's no OS on it!
I know the media is good, I'm at a complete loss here folks.