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Er, I can't copy and paste it, but I'm 98% sure it is. It looks something like this:
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 128 9308 big number 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 1 127 big number 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda3 9309 9320 big number 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 9321 30401 big number 83 Linux
Yeah, it's kind of laid out in a weird way.
And I'm pretty sure I figured out my Windows partition is corrupt. That could have something to do with it. And seeing as I can't find my install disks, that could present a problem. XD
Looks like you installed grub into the XP partition - as well as the MBR.
Using fixboot from the XP install CD might fix it - sometime works, sometimes not. Doesn't need to be your XP CD; if you can find a mate with one, use that.
I was following a guide that told me my boot partition had to be first. I guess this just applies to older BIOS?. Anyway, I wasn't aware of this at the time. I moved my Windows partition forward to make room for it. I guess something went wrong in the moving process, because after that I wasn't able to access my Windows partition at all after it.
Anyway, I found some system restore disks, so I totally reformatted my hard drive and I'm starting anew. XD
I guess since we came to no real conclusion, this thread can be deleted. :P
I was following a guide that told me my boot partition had to be first.
Not a Linux Guide, I trust.......Linux does not care where its partitions are on the drive. (If you have a document saying that Linux needs to be first, we would like to see it......heads will roll...)
If you are starting over, do you want any hints on how to set things up so everything "just works"?
Install Windows on the first partition, which is maybe 15-20 GB
Install Linux on another partition--also ~15 GB, with swap at the end.
Keep the rest of the disk empty (unpartitioned). When everything is working, then set up one or more partitions for shared data.