whipermr5: I did not use fdisc,I used QTparted.It showed the recovery partition as the first and XP as the second.
detpenguin: Your information inspired me to keep on with the (hd0,1) idea, even though it did not work when pressing "e" for edit during bootup.
I tried using a shell and vi to make a file that copied your grub entry.When I browsed to the file I was denied access because I was no longer root.You would laugh to see the trouble a newbie had trying to "enter as root".
NEWBIES READ THIS: To "enter as root" (the phrase I've always read) you more specifically (and so simply) type the word root at the prompt for user name--enter as "user name" root.
After becoming root I easily opened the installed grub file and changed the delay to 15 seconds,other to windows XP, and (hd0,0) to (hd0,1) and all worked perfectly. I then experimented until I proved that the critical entry was (hd0,1).Apparently grub did not respond to the temporary editing using "e" at boot time.
Thank you both for responding,it is very selfless for experienced people to take the time to help newbies, and it's nearly impossible to guess what sort of silly mistake an inexperienced person can be making.
Miah in Maine