What i did: I installed from usb. i chose to overwrite the existing partition with windows on it, where i already had plops installed to the mbr.
Now when i boot, plops is gone, so apparently mint deleted this during installation. shouldn't the installation have installed a boot loader?
when i boot its just a blank screen with a blinking underscore.
how can i fix this. I have no blank cds or dvds, all i have is usb port, and the motherboard is so old it doens't have the option to boot from usb in the bios. Moreover, i can't even get to the bios anymore. it must have been in the mbr too. damn it! i screwed up again.