I want to thank you all for the input. Without forums like this, it would be more difficult for me to troubleshoot problems. I actually depend on you.
Samual26 is probably correct when he said the VI editor is not the simpliest way of handling things here. Yes, I could indeed do a clean install of Mandrakelinux and then install what few probrams I run on it in a few hours. I may have to end up doing just that. But what gets me is I can't do an upgrade install without it saying "oops, no root partition". An upgrade install would preserve all my installed programs and settings with nothing really lost, which is what I would rather do of possible.
In case anyone would want to chance helping me fix what I already have installed vs a clean install, I would be more than glad to supply you with whatever info you may want. For instance, when I mount my partitions in rescue, it says "found Mandrake root partition on /dev/hda1" plus it mounts all of my other partition too. But it still will not let me do an upgrade install without it saying "oops, no root partition. And I have tried reinstalling Lilo several times, it saying "found Mandrake root partition on /dev/hda1". Plus I have rewrote the MBR twice, repeating the above steps but it still says "oops, no root partition" during an upgrade install.
I am really interested in learning how to troubleshoot problems I have with Linux because it gives me a good feeling inside knowing I was smart enough to do that. But it looks like this little eposide might let me down. My expertise stops with the message "oops, no root partition".
Feel free to offer suggestions because I know there are many Linux gurus on this forum who "know their stuff" well.
Oh, and one more detail, I am able to perform a clean install with no problem. I did it just to see if it would work. But then I ran my restore again to get it back the way it was with Acronis True Image mirroring software. The people from Acronis say that the MBR will not be restored if only one partition is backed up and restored, you must do the entire hard drive. I have Windows XP and Linux both on one hard drive.
Last edited by rrrssssss; 04-23-2005 at 04:03 PM.