returning to Windows XP
I am assuming that's your name from your nick. I will help you get your system back.
Sure would like to see you leave a Linux distro on to learn with. I installed RedHat in 1999 as a second OS, but gave up after a short time. Now I'm back learning again. In the meantime, I know enough about Windows and can help you get your system back. NP
Do you still have the Windows ME boot disk? If so, turn your computer off and stick it into the floppy drive. Turn the computer on, and when the screen says something like Starting Windows ME, you will have choices. (I only used ME for about 2 days at my job one time - it was so buggy I did a complete low level format of the hard drive and installed W2K.) With the W98SE startup disk the choices (should be the same with ME) are:
1. Start Windows ME Setup from CD-ROM.
2. Start computer with CD-ROM support.
3. Start computer without CD-ROM suport.
Enter a choice:
You will also have at the bottom of that screen:
F5=Safe mode Shift+F5=Command prompt Shift+F8=Step-by-step configuration
You should select Shift+F5 for a command prompt. The system will then return you an A prompt:
You should then type fdisk /mbr
This will completely fix your master boot record and you will then be able to boot into Windows XP.
Should you have problems, return to this thread and we will help you further. If you no longer have a Windows ME boot disk, supply your email address and I will send you a file and instructions so that you can use it and make your own boot floppy.