I am now trying Linux Mint Cinnamon. ( Am on it now via the DVD.) The problem I have now is that it installed successfully to the C Partition apparently. I continued to try it before re-starting. When I restarted I changed the boot priority back to the HDD, but it wont boot, The writing comes up ( sorry can't remember the screen name) and tries to boot, then states :
Verifying DMI Pool Data.
Error: Unknown file system.
Entering rescue mode.
GRUB rescue. The cursor then keeps flashing and nothing happens.
So what has gone wrong?! I can't get out of the boot screen without manually switching of on the tower.
On entering the BIOS I read ' IDE Ch. 2 and 3 Master Disc HDD SMART capability disabled'
Is that normal? I changed to 'enabled' but no change.
I haven't tried yet to access my cloned XP drive, nor, if necessary, tried finding an option to format the Linux partition. Nor looked for a wqay copy the cloned HDD back to the XP partition.