posted on Apr, 26 2006 @ 06:30 AM
It mangled your master boot record for some reason.
You can clean that easily with a MS-DOS boot floppy, you type 'fdisk /mbr' at the prompt. I can't remember if you need to reinstall Windows after
that, but I think not, I suppose it should reboot in the Windows already on the drive.
When installing Linux, I think you should put the boot sector on its root partition (i.e. /dev/hda1) instead of putting it on the MBR (i.e. /dev/hda).
Then at some point during install process you can create a Linux boot floppy, you need this floppy because the MBR don't know anymore that Linux
exists on the drive.
If you want Linux and Windows dual boot menu. You type 'dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/linux.bin bs=512 count=1' from Linux, then you copy the file linux.bin
on C:\ partition under Windows and you append the line C:\linux.bin="Linux" into the C:\boot.ini file. This way you can choose which one to load
at boot time.