Just two questions. What steps did you take to get it to boot from CD? What do you intend to use sda7 partition for? Windows won't boot from an extended partition.
I took no steps, I waited patiently for it to finally boot. I now having it running off of the CD constantly till I can figure this out. I created a ntfs partition for windows, not sure what ur talking about as far as the extended partition is concerned.
The partition table come from the past, originally allow for four partitions (primary partitions
), later it was extended to allow more partitions. The extended partition
born (which is really a partitions container) and inside the extended partitions you can have one ore more logical partition
More info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disk_partitioning
A know limitations of MS OSes is that they can boot only from a primary partition, (this is the main reason because when dual boot need to be setup, it's strongly suggested to install Windows first.)
/dev/sda1 is a Linux primary partition, probably the root filesystem "/",
/dev/sda2 is a extended partition, it use all remaining hard disk space
/dev/sda5 is your linux swap
/dev/sda6 is your linux home or data partition
/dev/sda7 is actually a NTFS partition but you will be unable to boot windows from there
All in all, considering your original needs, I would install Windows XP in VirtualBox, using the /dev/sda7 partitions
However, right now try to restore the boot of Linux, start liveCD, then:
a) retry again RedoMBR
b) try to reinstall grub (PCC -> Boot -> Setup boot system),
ask for help as needed.