I recently installed Ubuntu v6.10 on my Dad's PC. I set it up for Dual Boot with Windows XP, as I was only trying it out and needed to revert to XP when I install Ubuntu on my new PC.
Now, the problem: I resized the Linux partition using Paragon Partition Manager (on Windows) and then shut down the computer. Since then, GRUB repeats an endless repetition of the word whenever I start the machine.
In response to this, (and because I didn't know at the time that GRUB is installed on the MBR of the Windows Partition) I completely deleted the Linux partitions, from within the live CD of Ubuntu.
I realise that the easiest way of resetting the MBR is to overwrite it from a Windows XP home CD, but because the computer was factory built it came without one, so I can't do that.
Wait, there's more... From previous research on the net I have found that there is a command line tool that can be run from DOS (called something like fdisk, run with the parameter "/MBR" or something). Can I do this with XP? If I was able to put this tool on a floppy would that be able to repair the boot record on the hard disk?