Well. I've been running fedora core 4 alongside windows xp home edition on a grub 1.5 setup for a few months now without any difficulties. Linux is installed on its own partition which is quite small size (i cant remember exactly, I think its 40GB, above 8GB anyway - read on to why I mentioned 8GB) and windows takes up the rest of that drive and another drive too.
So today, an hour or so ago, I was happily playing counter strike source on windows xp. Then, all of a sudden (it wasnt like it was stressful for the pc, I was only browsing servers) the computer completely crashed. The only option was to hard reboot. It then got to:
GRUB Loading stage1.5.
GRUB loading, please wait
The computer then just stopped there and never boot. After restarting 3 times, I realised the error was definetly an error.
So here I am on my laptop. I googled error 18 and found that it is something to do with the bios not supporting large drives (8gb +). But as far as I know, it does, and its been working fine for months anyway. I havent touched the bios at all or upgraded it or anything. The problem is very random. I can no longer boot to anything (except for the bios).
Due to the nature of how it crashed before the problem, I fear a duff hard drive may be the problem.
Can someone tell me what to do/where to go from here. Im completely stuck.