Well. Virus related....norton antivirus in windows "restored " my MBR, which of course had grub on it which of course was hosed.
My ignorance further compounded my original decisions on handling this when I tried to repartition/reinstall the os'es.
Dos disk doesn't load , fdisk rescue disk does not load so I cannot fdisk...parted wont format partitions, so I have a fat16 partition from my thankfully successful red hat install (THAT works fine )
that wont take a ghost image or the recovery cd.
I have used the RH7.2 to get various rescue floppies, and I format those to be msdos, and I get an "non system disk error" message. Cant seem to digm out of this mbr issue to fdisk and install windows. (Which I want.)
I am using grub now, I have a dos partition which I said is useless....I have no Idea how to proceed.
I have spent ten hours on the internet searching and trying stuff before I posted this.
Ideas? thanks for any suggestions