Hello ! I am having trouble booting my compaq presario 1200 laptop. All this occured because I tried to install ubuntu linux on a separate partition in my hard drive, the install failed (base system could not be installed ) and it asks for formatting the partition again, which I did; with no avail. Finally, i decided to quit the install , hoping my windows xp would remain unchanged. Unfortunately, when i tried to start my computer , all I could see was a dark window with the curser prompting at the upper left corner of the screen. I inserted the linux install cd again, the cd drive started turning , made some noise and stopped. Nothing else would appear on the window. So right now I really don't know what to do. I need to retrieve my datas stored on the hard drive. :bounce: If someone could help me fix that, i would be very grateful.