In good news, though, Mandrake did install completely using the second cd drive I tried. And I like it.
The Mandrake interface is a lot less ‘gimmicky’ than the Suse interface. It appears far more professional and intuitive than the Suse interface.
Also, this pc is a PII mmx 550mhz with 128mb ram. Suse crawled on this pc whereas, Mandrake is far faster. I think I have found my *nix distro of choice. Now off to play with it some more!