Originally posted by smguhan
ahhh......is the problem permanent? U mean, I can never install a new OS again on the system? U mean the system is almost broken now?
Can you boot to the windows installer? If so, you are fine.
Try the recovery console first,
Insert your XP installation CD-ROM and boot from CD-ROM :
you shoudl go straight to setup, wait for it to get to a blue screen [not of death].
Then press R for recovery console.
and issue the following commands
CHKDSK C: /F
This sequence will
CHKDSK Check the drive for errors, and try to fix them.
FIXBOOT Rewrite the bootsector to the windows partition - if this fails, try issueing it again after FIXMBR. If it fails again you have some partition issues, you will have to deal with on eway or another.
FIXMBR - rewrite NTLDR to the MBR
exit the recovery console.
reboot and try to boot windows. You will not be able to boot linux at this point.
If this works, write back here and the gents can help you reinstall a bootloader so you can
run both windows and linux.
If this does not work, check for support at partition magic, my guess is, it screwed stuff up when it tried toi write the partition table to the drive.