"Also seen I can turn off the filesystem check intervals by using: tune2fs -i 0 /dev/hda2. MDK is on my hda2. Not sure where to do this command either."
You can do this from the command line of any Linux system as long as /dev/hda2 is not mounted. So you could boot tomsrtbt and enter the tune2fs command. You could use knoppix. With knoppix you will have to umount /dev/hda2 before entering the tune2fs command. If the Mandrake rescue system will give you a command line you could issue:
to make sure the partition is not mounted. Then issue:
tune2fs -i 0 /dev/hda2
When you get things straightened away I suggest that you take the time to make yourself a decent rescue system: