first off, i'm completely new to linux...this is pretty much my last cry for help before i just give up.
2 partitions, ~30 and 10gb
xp on the 30 for a few months, waiting to use the 10.
put mandrake on the 10, fine, but no internet, can't get it working, google around and mass say that mandrake is buggy, put fedora core2 on the 10, default install/bootloader.
'Error loading operation system' on boot. fixmbr and fdisk /mbr DO NOT recover xp. Neither does a re-partition/re-format/re-install for windows. nothing. screw it, almost completely backed up...low level format.
xp on 30, fine, fedora on 10 (this time bootloader option only write to partition's boot sector), thought that was it, bam, same problem 'Error loading operating system'.
Pissed, but determined, 10 then 30 this time. fedora on the 10, fine, but no internet. xp on the 30, fine, but no linux. tried that bootpart 2.5 program, which is supposed to make a bootable image on the c: and appropriate changes to the boot.ini. doesn't work.
seems like the two are competing for the mbr as far as i can tell, and fedora ruins both.
i've googled and googled, and the best i can get is making a floppy image from lilo which isn't even a freaking bootloader option for core2 ( i only have grub for an option)...i can't even get into linux at this point anyways so that is irrelevent.
CAN these two OS's even get along? would having two hd's even make a difference? i don't like the idea of overwritting xp's mbr in favor of grub (even if it worked). what can i do? remember i'm new to linux so be patient.