I understand the first poster's issues with reinstalling windows, because the same thing happened to me. Partition Magic
did a very good job indeed in screwing the windows XP I had on a Dell (not a laptop, though). So please, don't say PM works, it
just incidentally worked for you. I have version 8, BTW. Windows just did not want to install, because of hardware...Well just as he said.
Knoppix didn't help at all, either. Stopped and that's all. The only way I ciould find to reinstall XP, which I have happily gotten rid of
since, is to boot from a 10.1 Slackware install cd (first one), which let me use cfdisk or fdisk, don't remember to re-format the
whole thing, easily re-install XP, after re-sizing the partitions the way they were supposed to be by PMagic, and install Slack next.
So, I would advise the thread strater to d/load Slack 10.1, since he's got red hat working or nearly, provided he can access the web,
or order the cds.
Hope that helps