Thanks for your reply - I have posted a number of times and didn't want to tire "gurus" with repeated details.
I have a 1.7 GHz processor, ! GB RAM, a non-booting image of Win XP Pro in 40 GB (half of hd0) with Celena in the other half (including swap and /home). That replaced my original installation of Bianca.
Primary EIDE slave is hd1, 200 GB, with Cassandra in hd1,0; 2 more images of Win XP Pro in hd1,1 and hd1,2 followed by a swap partition.
The secondary EIDE drives are DVDRW and CDROM.
Primary SATA, hd2, is a 500 GB SATA drive with at present a 40 GB NTFS partition used for backups, several vacant unmounted partitions, followed by Daryna in hd2,7, with swap in hd2,8 and /home in hd2,9.
The Windows systems are my principle data repositories, using My Documents in Documents and Settings. I have symbolic links to these on my Desktop screen.
I outlined some of my difficulties and comments in a recent post (in the Feedback & Suggestions forum). I think the topic was something like 'Problems with Daryna' but if I try to look now I shall lose this script! You might be interested in another topic there - 'Can grub learn?'.
I think my 3 on Boot problems speak for themselves. Use of Recovery mode for Daryna followed a number of attempts to boot which "hung" in Gnome with no movement in the progress bar. That behaviour is erratic - this morning, booted first time - yesterday, many failed attempts. Previously, Celena has always booted nicely but yesterday it started misbehaving, producing the "Busybox" screen.
One major problem is that every time I boot Daryna, $ df -h shows that one of the Win XP Pro systems is mounted to 3 /media places, leaving the other 2 unmounted. I have to correct this by a series of sudo commands before I start to use it.
As ever, I shall be most grateful for help and advice. I'm old and slow too - nearly 90!
Yours hopefully -
Using a PC with 2GB RAM, 3 hdds and a 1.7 GHz Celeron cpu.