looked at several forums, but got no solution thus far.
After I did the upgrade from Ubuntu 9.10 to the 10.04 version, grub lists, but won't load windows xp any more - nothing, just a flashing underscore. It also lost the DHCP connection). It also forced the suse boot to safe mode. I have an Unbuntu 9.1 CD, but that's useless now, of course won't work with the repair-install option. The windows partition is all there and readable, so I backed it all up [XP repair disk won't work after the SP2 upgrade, another, even more lengthy process to go around]
I saw other posts having similar problems, obviously I should have not upgraded directly.
The problem seems trivial, but, for a few years now, I used suse and now Ubuntu only as a "user" for everything, except certain programs, that are not running in Linux, so I am not an expert. I can follow simple instructions for the terminal - sudo, etc. but not too much sophisticated 'stuff' (I promise, I will check my local college for a suitable Linux class for this fall semester, they did not have one last year).
Could someone point me in a proper direction, where I can find solutions to those problems - or at least boot XP again (my wife does not do Linux and we now tear the laptop apart)?