Tried mint, and as with ubuntu, after a couple of days of trying, I have been unable to get my Sierra Wireless Aircardcard to work. It is the only internet connection I have available. I installed mint to and external hard drive. I also did this when I tried ubuntu. With ubuntu, I was able to just do a restore in windows and it recovered the original xp mbr. For some reason, it's not doing it with mint 7. I want to get rid of grub and return to using xp without having to have the external drive plugged in. The computer did not come with a restore disk, so I don't have one of those to use to get to the recovery console.
Any ideas how I can end up NOT having an external HD hanging off the side of my laptop?