Well, after reading Alias' posts day after day, I decided it was safe to try Ubuntu. I went through the installation process and when it got to the highly complicated area where I was forced to partition my harddrive, I didn't really know what to do. I am not a very highly technical or advanced computer user and I made a horrible mistake somehow. I formatted or partitioned or deleted my harddrive, somehow. Nothing works now, I just get a screen telling me that MBR is missing, whatever that is. My brand new computer is dead in the water and I don't know if it will ever work again. I had to drag out an old Packard Bell from 1995 just to get back online and make this post. Nothing works, my Dell Operating System CD will not even boot the computer now. Thanks a whole fucking lot, Alias. I don't have any system images because I have never known how to make one. I don't think it would work anyway. The Ubuntu Live CD will not even work now; I don't know what to do except just give up. -- All of Usenet is in a psychological, emotional, and antisocial free fall into an abyss and fully immersed in a drowning pool of mental illness.