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Use your cd for your distro or a boot floppy and boot to your partition where Linux resides (use the kernel from the HD)
boot: Linux root=/dev/hda3
if your boot directory resides on /dev/hda3, for example.
Then, you run grub-install. You should be back in business. I don't have a lot of experience with grub, but if you have your grub config in the boot partition from before the XP incident, then you should get grub back as you want it as long as you can get into the drive, so to speak.
Anyone know more about this?
BTW, there are probably about 100 threads about dual boot problems (I know that I have answered several in the last few days alone). Try the search button at the top of the page for more ideas. They're likely here already. GL
Try booting with your distro install disk and doing a RESCUE mode (Usually linux rescue at the boot: prompt). Do a chroot on whatever the primary / filesystem was mounted as (under Rescue Mode the filesystems in you FSTAB are mounted under a separate mount point, so / is not the real / ) and then run your GRUB or LiLo commands to reinstall your boot loader. That's what I've always done when I blow it up
I use LILO, but it's probably exactly the same thing with Grub.
When I re-install WinXp, then I simply boot on the Linux Mandrake install CD, I say "update", it asks me confirmation of my mouse and network settings, reconvigures the boot things, says "remove your cd" and everything works fine again.