I was actually trying to install Windows 7 RC on the machine, when it all went tits up. I managed to get Ubuntu to install but lost the Toshiba recovery partition on the hard drive. Now I just want to get a Windows Os on the machine, as I mentioned XP can't see the hard drive abd Vista / Windows 7 seem to be lacking a driver for the DVD ROM/Writer.
To remove Linux from your computer and install Windows XP, follow these steps:
A. Remove the native, swap, and boot partitions used by Linux:
1. Start your computer with the Linux Setup floppy disk, type fdisk at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
NOTE: For help with using the Fdisk tool, type m at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.
2. Type p at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to display partition information. The first item listed is hard disk 1, partition 1 information, and the second item listed is hard disk 1, partition 2 information.
3. Type d at the command prompt, and then press ENTER. You are then prompted for the partition number that you want to delete. Type 1, and then press ENTER to delete partition number 1. Repeat this step until all the partitions have been deleted.
4. Type w, and then press ENTER to write this information to the partition table. Some error messages may be generated (because information is written to the partition table), but they should not be significant at this point because the next step is to restart the computer and then install the new operating system.
5. Type q at the command prompt, and then press ENTER to quit the Fdisk tool.
6. Insert the bootable Windows XP CD-ROM, and then press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to restart your computer.
B. Follow the instructions on the screen to install Windows XP.
The installation process assists you in creating the appropriate partitions on your computer.