Damaged SuSE 9.1 GRUB boot loader
Before I start, let me make it known that I am a total Linux virgin.
I recently installed SuSE Linux 9.1 Personal, in the hope that I could place it in a partition, and choose to boot either it or Windows XP when my laptop (a Dell Inspiron 8500) is turned on. I booted my computer from the SuSE setup disk, and installed it with YaST as required. I then rebooted my computer. When I turned it back on, and when I have turned it on subsequently, instead of booting to a menu with both Linux and Windows on it, I merely recieve the word 'GRUB' in the top left hand corner.
I have been informed by Linux technical support both over the phone, and by email, that my boot loader is damaged, and I have been told how to repair it (boot from setup disk, type 'suse_update' and hit 'installation' then hit 'repair'), but this has failed to work.
Currently, the only way I can get my computer to boot anything is to boot from the SuSE setup disk, then move to the stage where I can select to 'Repair' then hit 'Boot installed system'. This is a tiresome and time-consuming process, and does not allow me to boot Windows, which I need to do ASAP.
Where should I go from here? How should I fix my boot loader to the extent that I can select either Linux or Windows from start up without inserting a setup disk?
If the worst comes to the worst, I am prepared to sacrifice Linux, and uninstall it, if this will enable me to boot back into Windows like normal. Any instructions on this if it is indeed necessary would also be appreciated.
Any help would be very much appreciated.
Thank you very much in advance.