Further to my last post, I decided to leave it until the weekend to fix my computer. Being able to devote more time to it etc.
I also decided that I wasn't going to be beaten by the evils of Windows, and thought I'd try a few things. I found that by performing a chkdsk on my windows partition that it suddenly went from not being able to read it at all, to able to see all the files and directories! Fantastic I thought, and restarted to find that windows now worked again.
So, then it was a case of checking that linux stilled worked as well... this is where everything fell apart again.
Linux didn't work any more. Poo (to put it politely)!
I inserted my Suse 9.1 Pro 64-bit DVD, and restarted my computer. It booted from that, and I went to the pick an option screen. I told it to do a standard install. It went through the usual stuff, and then it told me that there was already a copy installed, and asked if I'd like to re-install, or repair an old one. I picked repair, and let it do it's stuff. It found all the problems and fixed them. I restarted, and let it boot up into Linux. This time I only got a command promt, not the usual GUI enviroment. I logged in and then shut down.
I use a 19" AOC monitor (normally on a DVI), but I noticed that it didn't seem to like my video setup in the last startup, so I unplugged the DVI and put in the standard VGA connector. I again restarted, and BINGO(!) a working Linux with KDE environment!
But was Windows massacred in the process?
I again restarted, but this time into Windows... and I waited. The screen got to the point where previously it had crashed and the screen paused (bol***ks I thought) and then it carried on! It booted into Windows, and it would appear, at least at the moment, that I have two fully working operating systems. The only draw back is that I've lost my DVI, but I can live with that.
So, if anyone else comes across the same problem... perhaps they could give what I did a go!