Big boo-boo deleting parition
So I was very excited to start using linux (ubuntu 7.10) on my laptop so I wouldn't have to deal with Vista. However, school caught up with me and I haven't had time to work with my linux as much as I'd like. This is where I made the most noobish mistake... I simply deleted the partition that had linux on it. So now I have GRUB trying to load up but all that happens is I get "Error 17" and all I can do is restart.
I don't have much experience with laptops. I thought maybe I could just take the drive out, set the jumpers to slave and hook it up to another computer, repartition and reinstall linux, and then go through the motions again correctly. However upon removing the drive I can't seem to find any jumpers (such as in PCs). So now what do I do?
If it's worth mentioning I have a HP Pavilion dv6000.
Any help is immensely appreciated, I need this laptop for school. I have a desktop to write papers and what not, but I take all my notes on the lappy, and I just started an Astronomy lab class where I'm the only person with a laptop, so I'll be uploading pictures to my laptop if I can get it to work.
Thanks so much for your time.