I duplicate that CD since it is often read errors from the CD. Then I install from the copy.
As to your comment about LinuxMint, I thought it installed from floppy or USB? Noted at
http://www.linuxmint.com/download.php in the English manual at page 11.
My Dell Vostro 1400 laptop was acting very flukey so I reinstalled XP from the original disk provided with the laptop. During installation I got three message boxes asking to locate a missing file (isStor.sys, nvsvc.exe and wpsniuo.sys). The browse button took me nowhere in each case, so I hit "Cancel" and the installation proceeded.
Installation finished, but now when XP tries to start up I get the "did not start successfully" screen with the options to start in Safe Mode, Safe Mode with Networking, Safe Mode with Command Prompt, Last Known Good Configuration and Start Windows Normally.
I've tried each option, but each just takes me back to the "did not start successfully" screen (after flashing the Windows start-up screen for half-a-second).
Any suggestions appreciated.
My purpose for re-installing XP is simply to format the drive and install LinuxMint, so if there's a way to do that without a working OS I'd appreciate knowing that too.