cuz chaky had suggested it above. currently using xp home edition SP2 on drive C.

Okay, well this is what you should do.. I just remembered this, and I should have told you to do this from the get go.

Use the XP cd once more to boot into Windows' recovery console. Okay, click on the C: partition, and enter the administrator password. Once there, enter this command at the prompt:

bootcfg /rebuild

This should help you to rebuild the boot.ini file. Hope this works! :)

Told you that changing drive letters causes problems.