i'm in knoppix now trying to run gparted. i ran
to whipe the mbr hoping that maybe a windows boot disk will work to run fixboot. at this point, it can't see anything. it won't mount sda1 because it's reporting a partition table error.
erd commander won't see a windows partition which makes sense since it's messed up.
here is the fdisk -lu
i'll try to see if i can run that other stuff from knoppix.
Disk /dev/sda: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 30401 cylinders
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 268001999 134000968+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary:
phys=(1023, 239, 63) should be (1023, 254, 63)
/dev/sda2 365719725 484472204 59376240 83 Linux
/dev/sda4 484472205 488392064 1959930 5 Extended
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary:
phys=(1023, 14, 63) should be (1023, 254, 63)
/dev/sda5 484488270 488392064 1951897+ 82 Linux swap
i haven't booted or tried to even boot back into ubuntu at this point while gparted is running forever.