Currently Being ModeratedApr 27, 2011 3:03 PM (in response to Bonesaw1962)
Probably your DVD is scratched or dirty. Take a look at the reflective side of the DVD. If it has lots of finger prints carefully wipe it clean with a lint free cloth. If it is scratched get your computer's serial number and call AppleCare for a replacement.
If the DVD appears to be in good shape you might try a lens cleaner for the optical drive.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 28, 2011 7:57 AM (in response to Bonesaw1962)
So it turned out the disk was dirty. ( I should have thought of that). I appreciate the advice. Thanks also for pointing out what the options key does during boot. I'm new to the MAC world and it looks like that is kind of a cool feature which allows you to pick if you want to boot to a specific device or partition.