Where should I start as a 3DS Max Beginner?

One of my friends recently bought a 3DS Max from 2009 and gave me a free copy. Thing is that I have no clue what to do with it, especially when I am more of a coder. But I decided to give it a try and… I’m stumped. I really have no idea how to make a single little model, nor how to animate it or to compile it to source. (Mainly I would like to at least learn to model for tf2 since it’s my fav game) Can anyone tell me where I can get a good start?

Google and Tutorials, tutorials, tutorials…
Start here…
Beginners Guide To Modeling