No fellas I never had an option to bot to XP or Linux - it always booted to Linux. That what the problem was and my clumsy attempt at getting rid of the Linux and ensuing wrecking of my XP OS.
I have reinstalled the XP but it takes forever to boot going form screen to screen ending up with hitting the F1 key and the subsequent XP is a VERY basic interface perhaps the most basic I have ever seen.
Now I did another reinstall last night where it asked for the activation code and I thought oh at last here we go but it suddenly restarted and went to the third spot down - I wasn't quick enough to get a shot of it and started loading files again.
So I just shut it down - too tired.
Anyway I have attached some shots of the usual start up keep in mind that the time interval between each screen varies anything form two minutes to a minute (an eternity when waiting). At the F1 prompt it goes to the last BASIC screen. The quality of the pics are not crash hot I'm afraid.
The other thing is I can boot form the Linux CD I made at the time although I think it is about 99c in the $ as it does load properly and has these little brown icons constantly running across the taskbar. The little disk never stops spinning indicating to dumb - yes I am dumb for even trying rid the machine in the way I did
- me that something is still going on.
Now I did play with the "credits" in a little pane and clicked on an email address for one of the workers and low and behold I got onto the net including Google - something that the XP flatly refuses to do so again indicating to me that something is not quite right with the XP install and the machine itself is functional.
That is where I am up to at the moment if I could get hold of another IDE drive I'd just stick that in and reinstall but they are like hen's teeth so I might just try one of some old second handers I have here.
Hope I haven't bored everyone to sleep with my woes - I am just so angry at muself for not doing a clone before now or be able to find the back up I did albeit done a long time ago