ok, long story but here goes.
I am new to these forums but I have had some experience with linux in the past from dual boot systems.
I guess i should start with my specs.
Hard drives: 1X maxtor 300 GB sata, 2X samsung 500 GB sata.
DVD rw drive
AMD 64 processor
Floppy drive that i would rather not use (It has a piece of metal lodged in it that will be vey hard to get out.)
OS: slax live cd, trying to install slackware.
ok now I will start at the beginning, I started with my 300 GB hard drive with windows xp installed. I then decided to upgrade my hard drive by 1TB (2X500GB) but when i tried to install the new hard drives windows reinstalled itself and I lost the cd key for activation. I get on the phone to micrsoft and to make this part of the long story short they managed to make an enemy for life out of me. Now I am changing to linux and never looking back.
So I download the slackware dvd from the slackware site and begin to install. At this point only one of my new hard drives is showing up with my old hard drive, but I decided to come back to that later (big mistake). So I installed slackware onto my new hard drive and lilo to my mbr (master boot record) and everything works great.
At this point I have my windows hard drive as sda1, with all my files on it, and my linux hard drive as sdb1. Then out of nowhere my computer decides to register my second new hard drive and labels it as sda1, which makes my windows drive sdb1 and my linux drive sdc1. At this point slackware freaks out as it is trying to run linux from an NTFS hard drive. I reboot and get numerous error messages from linux and can't boot up.
faced with this conundrum i decided to format my linux drive (now sdc1) and install slackware on my other new hard drive (now sda1) and put lilo on my mbr again. now when I start up I get the infamous "Disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter" message just after bios.
Ok so theres my problem. The only reasons I can think of that this might have happned are,
1) something went wrong when i rewrote over my mbr or my motherboard is still looking for my mbr on sdb1 (I dont realy know what a mbr is or where it's installed). In either case I have no idea how to fix that.
2) both of my current sda1 and sdb1 are marked bootable and this is confusing my motherboard. In this case would turning off the bootable flag on my sdb1 damage the data on it? or would I have to back-up my data on the sdc1 drive? because I would rather not do that. Also I don't think this is likely as I tried starting up my computer with my sdb1 drive disconnected.
3) Lilo is still on the mbr of the first drive (now sdc1) and my motherboard has found two lilo's and is confused. I dont think this is likely either as my sdc1 drive is not marked as bootable.
Well there's my problem, thanks for being patient enough to read through this and I hope I wasn't too confusing. Any help would be apricated.
Thank you for you time.