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sounds like you've toasted something, i wouldn't doubt it if it were the mbr.
not a huge problem though. do you know what brand your hard drive is? if you do, there are often utilities on the manufacturer's website available for download which can repair a damaged mbr (among other things). it is basically a low-level format (write drive to 0s), simple, but effective most of the time.
as for an equivilant command or utility, i don't know. can't help you there. good luck!
Boot into Linux and try this utility: http://demonbane.org/ms-sys
ms-sys -m /dev/hda
change hda to where your MBR is if necessary
also make sure you backup current MBR onto a floppy disk in case somethnig happens
Thanks for that little program.. I tried it and it didn't work. "Missing Operating System".
The linux fdisk can read all the partitions, but when I boot off a win98SE floppy, fdisk says that my first partition is only 764 Mbytes, and that it's non DOS, 2nd is 10 gigs (my linux one), and 3rd is NTFS (5 gigs).
Now.. my NTFS windows partition was 70 gigs.. and linux can recognise that, but the DOS fdisk sees the swap (probably?) as the first partition, and sets the reiserfs partition as active.
Why wouldn't the DOS fdisk be able to read my main NTFS partition??
And why does this prevent me from booting off my XP CD?
I do know that the NTFS partition is intact and hasn't been wiped out (I mount it to /windows/C on linux, and have accessed it many times).
IT seems that you have the same problem in Windows and in Linux. Are you sure your graphics card is not a toast. Or have you changed some setting in BIOS - your problems seem like Operating System is trying to initiate your graphics card after what everything falls apart.