i'm gonna go out on a limb here, but you installed Windows XP first right ?
When you installed it, you didn't tell it to use NTFS right ? because if you did, there is the first problem right there. That shouldn't stop linux from booting though.
You may have killed the MBR, in which case i wish you all the best, recoviring your windows stuff won't be a problem, getting your linux happening will. First up, i'd re-install Linux, tell it to install the boot loader to the mbr - Red Hat 7.3 is circa-WinXP, so i don't know if that will co-exist happily, i remember it being a big problem for me (i also remember removing redhat 7.3 after 15 minutes because it didn't want to accept my gfx card while MDK didn't mind it).
If you start from scratch:
Consider a new version of linux. salvage your windows XP data (backups if you haven't got any), then re-install windows, and create a single 10GB windows partition (use Fat 32, it is more likely to work, let linux take care of the rest later). Install linux and put the bootloader into the MBR (after confirming via google or something, that it will work for the distro you're using and windows XP), then, just to be safe, make boot floppy, during the installation process.
If that doesn't work (ie linux still won't boot) investigate the dd command, to get the boot sector of the linux partition into a file and editing boot.ini in windows, to use the NT boot loader, you will do this after booting from the bootfloppy.
Last edited by chakkerz; 11-21-2004 at 06:27 AM.