that doesn't seem to be an option when your other os is win2k, and can't get to a real dos prompt.
though, i guess i could boot from a dos floppy... really a pain.
i ended up making a slackware rescue disc and fixed things up that way. now that i'm back in linux, i'll have to go about making up one of those tom disks.
but back to the original question, is there a way to skip past a stalled daemon when starting up?