haha, yup. it is very possible I did. fortunately, the computer in question is a seven year old Dell that was on its last legs anyway. I was using it to mess around knowing that something like this may happen. so maybe one of you will have some input on how to fix tings before I go about getting a cheapy desktop to replace it. I created a dual partition on my hardrive and was running xp and Ubuntu. this slowed my pc down enough that it annoyed me and I decided to remove Ubuntu. so I *thought* I correctly removed and deleted the partition. well, that wasn't the case. when I rebooted the computer tried to boot into Ubuntu. of course, only most of it was deleted so I received an error. so far I haven't been able to get past the error. I can't get to the BIOS, I can't get into safe mode. the floppy and cd drive aren't being read (I don't think)...either that or they aren't being read because I can't tell the computer to change the boot order. I am not stressing about the computer because as I said it is an old old dell. mostly I am pissed because I let this happen ah well, live and learn. thanks for taking the time to read my plight.