on my Inspiron System i originally had the WinXP Home Ed. that came with the computer on drive C: (hda2) and a linux installation on hda3.
Later i installed a WinXP Pro Edition on hda5. It used the Windows Loader from drive C (i guess: at least i couldnt boot this installation directly via grub)
Anyways everything was fine. I reformated drive c and used it as data partition for linux. I knew that i wouldnt be able to boot the WinXP-Pro afterwards, but i wanted to repair the windows installation with the install cd.
Unfortunately the windows boot cd's wont work for me any more (they did a few months ago): I can tell the computer to boot from cd It reads the cd and tells me to press any key to boot from cd It prints a message like "analyzing your hardware" or so Then the screen goes blank ( but i can see that the lcd backlight is still on), the HD Led stays permanently on If i press some keys it will start to beep after they 4th or 5th keypress
only thing i can do is restart the system via CTRL_ALT_DEL
i checked the cd on another computer and it works without problems