i tryed booting from livecd, but cd reads it for about a minute and a half then continues to boot winxp. the cd will boot on my other computers and this computer has booted from any other livecd's. any help with this would be nice.
You could try putting Mint on a USB stick drive and booting off it (if you can boot of USB).
I created one on a 1GB USB drive.
the hard part can be the partitioning of it.
I used fdisk first and then gparted to fix it up (start again).