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Problem is your "root" device is wrong. It probably should be sda0,0 That is supposed to be your Linux root device (your main linux file system, not your swap or home or?) where your menu.lst and devicemap are, not where your windoughs drive is. Hope this helps. I've made this mistake too in grub, so if that is the problem don't feel bad.
According to your grub.conf, windows is installed on the second hard drive ((hd1,0) = (hdb,1)).
But, elsewhere in your post, you indicate that windows in on /dev/hda.
If windows is in fact on /dev/hda, then edit grub.conf to correctly reflect that situation ((hd0,0) = (hda,1)).