Thanks for confirming my suspicion about Toshiba and Microsoft making life difficult for us!
On some laptops the BIOS overwrites MBR if it finds that it is not for Vista
That explains the hard time I was having!!!!!!!... Mystery solved!
I figured today that new laptops have sdX drives.... I thought i had really messed things up big time.
I erased Vista. I have had enough of Microsoft!
My laptop is still infected a bit with their incestuous little virus partioning/boot system. I maybe need to completely erase the hard drive. Any suggestions how to best clean it up to start from scratch?
I am having a nightmare trying to install various distros .... All Ubuntu 8.04 and Mint Elyssa simply refuse to install, going into that busybox/initramfs business. Daryna installs without that drama!!!....any idea why?? Also Debian Sarge was possible without the busybox/initramfs business.... useful to install to grab control of the Grub configuration.
I am happy for now, with my stable laptop with Daryna functioning nicely. I still have some sound issues and the wifi to sort out.
Thanks for your help.