|well, this didn't work either, but I wound up sort of solving my problem. while I was nosing around in windows control panel feeling frustrated, I found a window that allowed me to toggle between booting as windows XP and booting as ubuntu linux. i clicked ubuntu, restarted, and not 5 seconds later, ubuntu! I'm formatting XP off the hard drive as we speak and installing ubuntu as the sole operating system.|
This could be folly, I realize, but I'm just happy that I finally got it to do what I ultimately wanted, even if I can't see my BIOS screen.