hehe yes, you were spot on it was something to do with the drive, the master boot record was either non-existant or corrupt. i basically zero filled it from a utilities disk i had. dont know why i didnt think of it before
thanks guys, although i do have a new problem.
Windows is installed and all is fine, even got linux running. except Windows everytime i install something like SP2 or an ethernet driver for my mainboard then some registry errors keep popping up, seemingly random depending on what i installed.
i figured it was my windows XP cd i installed with and im using a friends today so i hope it is, any ideas if it doesnt work?
i couldnt tell you the random errors suffice to say sometimes i couldnt use anything that worked before like IE and sometimes couldnt get into windows