I have to tell you that I finally broke down and went out and bought the whole thing. I mean I bought SuSe 9 right off the shelf at Best Buy. I am going to go through the book and try to do it right. I'll let you know how things are going ( and probably have more questions ) when I have time to get started on the actual install. I did this because as I said I have been looking at it for some time and after I found the checksum prog you told me about, I ran it on the Lycoris disk and it showed things were perfect. I tried that disk again (after allowing RH to format the drive for Linux)(I thought that if it had a Linux disk already set up that it would work??!!) and still hangs at "setup disk for Linux". Any way I'll try this with disks that should have no question about "did I copy them correctly" hanging over them.