|"Strange there is no partition(1)"|
I thought so too.
"When you run chkdsk /r did you specify c:? Like chkdsk /r c:? Did chkdsk take awhile to complete? It should have taken awhile"
It did takr a long time - I believe it was 5 steps, and either on step 4 or 5 it got to 70% and then went back to 50%. I was too tired at that point to notice if the file count had gone backwards as well. And while it was definitely run from the recovery console while in C:\Windows, I dud not specify the C: drive. I rather assumed it ran on whatever drive was current.
"My guess is everything is on c:. So you would want to make it the active partition so it boots."
And how do I accomplish that?
"A repair install is not done with R in the first screen."
I know that. I said that I pressed enter to install XP, then, after the F8, you should get a screen where you can enter 'R' to do the repair install. That second screen did not present me with the 'R' option