I guess my problem is worse than I thought....so I guess I have indeed "nurfed" my partitions. But I have a feeing that the problem goes beyond that. I can't boot from any CD/DVD - not the Windows Installlaton DVD, the Acronis bootable CD, nor the bootable CD I created using Cute Partition Manager to let me manage partitions w/o booting the OS (I couldn't locate the one from Paragon). I insert the DVD or CD, the drive light comes on for a little bit then goes off, and nothing ever happens.
In fact, I can't even access my BIOS anymore. When I start the computer, the Intel screen starts up - it ID's the board and processor, specifies the amount of RAM, detects the legacy keyboard/mouse, and enables USB legacy. At that point the screen says to press F2 to enter Setup (this has always been the key to press for Setup). But when I press F2, it says that it is "Entering Setup", and then it just hangs.
Any suggestions on where I should go from here? I can't even reinstall Vista at this point. The troubleshooting info that came with the Intel motherboard hints that BIOS might be recovered my removing the CMOS battery for 10 minutes and then reinstalling/rebooting. I'm not much of a hardware guy, but I think I can accomplish this if it makes any sense to do so.
Thanks for any help........