okay i tried what you said but ran into two problems
1.) the generic VESA drivers don't work with my graphics card (GeForce FX 5200, which, i know now, is why Knoppix wasn't working
) my monitor just shuts off so i can't use the graphical install
2.) In the text base install there isn't and Upgrade option.
so my questions are:
1.) Is upgrade only in the graphical mode (i doubt this but i thought i would ask) if so, is there a way i can point i to my nVidia drivers or do i have to remove my gfx card?
2.) Is there a way to re-configure/re-install GRUB through rescue mode? it seems that if i can tell GRUB that all the info is a partition back from where it was last time (since the windows partition i deleted and re-allocated to linux was between linux and my main windows partition) it should load no problem.
3.) When i boot from my bootdisk i made it complains about not being able to locate "initrd" or something like that. my guess is this has to do with Initializing the Root Directory (or something like that) is there a file i can change (while in rescue mode) to point it to where it needs to go? this (my hypothesis that is) would enable me to get into Linux (by way of bootdisk) and change GRUB from there. My last resort would just be to back everything up (on CDs) which would take a long time and might not work (id have to do it from the terminal in rescue mode) but im hoping there is an alternate solution to my problem. thanks for any help, im in desperate need