OS X's Disk Utility was refusing to partition the hard drive; so I 1-upped apple by popping in a Linux distro and partitioning with gParted.
This was a mistake.
I cannot, for the life of me, get Apple to recognize the partition. I've tried formatting it to Fat 16, Fat 32, NTFS, whatever, and it can't do anything with it - it can't even format it. I was going to try reformatting it to HFS+ but I want some input from people before this happens. Is there anyway I can get out of just simply reformatting the entire hard disk and reinstalling OS X? This is what I really want to avoid.
Honestly, I just want a clean install of Windows XP on my Mac, and boot camp/disk utility failing to work at all, I took matters into my own hands. In any case, I might throw a Ubuntu on a third section of the drive, so I might as well tackle this issue sooner rather than later.
Your support / advice is appreciated!
FYI: I'm doing this all on MacBook Pro 1,1.