I really have no idea what to do at this point. I guess I made the mistake of trying to install linux on my laptop thinking I was more knowledgeable than I truly am. I have an HP compaq nw8440 with a single 100gb hdd. It is a college laptop so XP was pre-installed and has to remain on there. I tried creating a partition on an external and installing ubu 8.04 on the partition so as to keep it off of my internal HDD (in an attempt to avoid problems
So here is the info I have for anyone who would be willing to help. The installation completed successfully, but could not change boot priority to the linux installation. I went into the live cd and ran GParted to erase the partition and restore my external to previous state. Tried booting back into XP and got the Grub error 21. Other complications: I don't have a bootable XP cd since it was pre-installed on my laptop and I don't have USB floppy drive.
I will checking back religiously until I can get this problem resolved. I wish I could give you more info, but don't know what or how to get it - just let me know of anything else that would be of help and I can try and post it.
Thanks to all!