Anonymous (not verified) - Sun, 2006-08-06 12:58
1. Get a rescue disk. The Dapper CD should be ok for this, so long as it boots on your laptop (presumably it does) and you can get to a useful shell or the desktop.
2. Backup the MBR:
dd if=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1 of=/tmp/mbr.img
Save /tmp/mbr.img somewhere safe, maybe a Flash drive?, and then you can restore it with: