tyrianca: No, the master boot record is the first sector of the disk, whereas a partition boot sector is the first sector of a partition.
For grub to boot anything, stage1 needs to be installed in the MBR and to be pointing to a valid grub setup.
Writing stage1 to a partition boot sector is useful when you want to use a different boot director like BootMagic or when you want to redirect the boot from a different linux installation on the system.
Like aus9 pointed out, use your installation media to boot into rescue mode (boot: linux rescue) and then reinstall/reconfigure grub after you chroot the installation. You should look through the Grub Manual section on reinstalling/reconfiguring grub: http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/man...l#Installation
Regarding FC4 being a bad distribution, thatís bullshit and trashtalk. Itís true that your hardware might work better on one FC version vs another, or even better on a different distro, but to condemn a widely used and accepted distribution is not useful or helpful.
I have personally installed FC3 and FC4 on lots of systems and think they are both fairly nice. But FC4 is more up to date than FC3 and, likewise, FC5 is more up to date than FC4.
And contrary to what you might think, FC really isnít designed for beginners. What may seem to you to be a major problem with grub is really a trivial thing to fix for someone with more experience. You face a lot of minor stuff like that in FC that you face donít in the more beginner-oriented distros.