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I hit the power button on my laptop, saw the Fedora boot screen, then it went blank to load Windows XP with nothing more than a blinking cursor. Naturally, I blamed the linux loader, so I got an old DOS boot disk out and did
fdisk /mbr. After rebooting, I got rid of my linux loader (I wasn't booting into Fedora anyway), but it was still just a blinking cursor.
I used several utilities on the Ultimate Boot CD to try to force a boot or write a new master boot record, but no success. Finally, the solution was the Windows XP install disk repair console (if you remember your administrator password).
The fix: Boot to the Windows XP install CD and hit R to boot into repair mode. In the console, I typed
fixboot. I'm not sure which one of it did the trick, but my system boots again. I read in some forums people had success with a program called Partition Table Doctor. I didn't get to use it, but perhaps it will be of some use to someone else.