You can also use WinXP's boot loader to load Mandriva. Here's how:
1. Boot into Linux.
2. (You must know on which partition the MBR is. It is usually /dev/hda, if you have only 1 hard disk) Get a formatted floppy, put it in the drive, and do:
mount /floppy; dd if=/dev/hda of=/floppy/bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1; umount /floppy
3. 'Heal' WinXP as I said before. Don't worry, you'll be able to boot into linux. (ATTN: http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/1...l_grub_nt.html
this link tells more. If you created a boot floppy for Mandriva, GOOD. If not, do so. If all of this fails, you will still be able to boot Mandrake from that floppy)
4. Copy a:\bootsect.lnx to c:\
5. As Administrator, in XP, do: Start > My Computer (right click) Properties > Advanced > Startup And Recovery > Settings > Edit. This will edit your c:\boot.ini file, which is used to boot XP.
6. Add at the end: c:\bootsect.lnx="MandrakeLinux"
7. Save/quit/get out. Reboot.
remember http://portal.suse.com/sdb/en/2002/1...l_grub_nt.html sais more.
I use XP's boot loader to boot Debian myself!
Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux, BTW!