Ok this is weird and I hope someone can help me out
My laptop has XP and Mint 9 Installed with dual boot, it was originally set up something like this first 80 Gig partition for Win, then 20 Gig for /root, then inside the extended table a couple of swap partitions and the remainder of the hard drive was allocated for /home.
And now, that I want to do a bit of distro upgrading; not a single one of the the linux based live cds I've tried (including Gparted live) is able to see the partition table, all of them just report the hard drive as unallocated!
Then when running cfdisk from within the installed Mint i get a
FATAL ERROR: Bad logical partition 5: Partition ends after end-of-disk
The kicker is: both of the installed operating systems *are* working properly _and_ can see the existing partition table... this never happened to be in the 10 years that I've been dual booting.
Can anyone provide suggestions? Will be appreciated