Thanks so much!
I got it working using my oem cd that I had to rip into an ISO. Then use that ISO to create a bootable USB copy, then boot off the DVD to partition the drive while the install took place off the USB.
Yeah, I know a lot of that doesn't make sense (lol)... But in the end I got it all working, I don't need to use my laptop HHD as the boot drive either.
God, that took me from 2pm yesterday, until 6am this morning, slept until 10:30am, and finished at 7:30pm...
Too bad I wasn't getting paid by the hour
+1 all around thanks for the support guys.