So my battle vs. the Sony computer continues. I eventually got it to boot by making a Plop bootdisk. Yes, I do still have floppies.
But alas the sony wasn't finished. I tried installing Centos 6(hot off the presses), Centos 5, Fedora and Puppy Linux, but they would all crash while loading.
I debated actually putting this linkin, but I couldn't face Neil if I didn't.