up until two days ago, i was running a slack/xp dual boot, but my friend told me about this new ubuntu linux and i decided to give it a try... i like it a lot, even compared to slack, but i made the mistake of letting it install grub when i already had a functioning lilo on my system that i could have fixed... now, several re-installs later, i have taken slack out altogether and have not been able to get into windows, period. at one point, when i was at my worst, i was back with lilo but being sent to a grub shell when i picked XP, which i'd added to my lilo.conf manually since it had failed to autodetect.
i'd really prefer to not re-install windows, which would mean losing a whole lot of data that i could not/would not get back.
more details on my problem can be found here, along with current hardware and such:
i've been getting a lot of help from a very savvy friend, both over gaim and by letting him use my shell through openssh, but he's not around right now and i've been abusing our friendshipt anyways. i think i may have found the answer, but i'm not very advanced with linux or filesystems in general, so i want to throw it out there before i do anything.
this idea is especially significant because up until now most of my repair work over the last two nights has been done while i was drinking copious amounts of wine, but right now i am completely sober.
here is my plan:
#1 use ubuntu's package manager to make sure both lilo and grub are uninstalled.
#2 wipe my mbr clean with the command
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=
#3 either reinstall a bootloader or get a bootloader boot disk from somewhere (where?) and try to get things right.
is this suicide... or brilliant?