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How to repair the Partition Table of my Laptop?

I have a HP DV9500 Laptop. I have 2 HDDs on it, but I can only boot from one.
I have Windows Vista on it. The initial partition table was something like that:
~140 GB – WIndows Vista
~8 GB – Recovery Partition

I split the 140 GB partition in 2 with the Kubuntu 7.10 partitioner. There was enough free space on that partition. I then proceeded with the instalation of Kubuntu. When Grub was installed it didn’t detect Vista. The problem is that Kubuntu doesn’t start-up and when I manually boot Vista it stucks at boot. It doesn’t boot from the Recovery DVD either…
Somebody suggested that the Partition Table is broken. I don’t have a physical bad on my HDDs, so the question is: How do I repair the partition table?
P.S.: I have access to my HDDs via Back|Track Linux Live CD. I can also access the terminal. Can I repair the PT with fdisk?(and how)

Thanks in advance.

How do you fix a FAT32 hard disk partition which Windows XP won’t read, but every other OS will?

I have a 60GB FAT32 harddisk partition on a dual boot (Windows XP/Win98) PC. It has worked fine for 2 years. Now, following an improper shutdown and the resulting WinXP ‘checking disks for errors’ screen on startup, Windows XP can’t even read the volume name and asks if I want to format the drive when I try to open it. Properties dialog shows Filesystem: RAW. However, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the partition as far as Windows 98 is concerned (verifies fine with scandisk), and Linux Live CDs such as SLAX also open the partition with no trouble. There is nothing wrong with the physical disk or XP drivers, since other partitions on the drive are fine even from XP. Is there any way to ‘fix’ the disc, i.e. persuade XP that it is fine, short of backing up everything and reformatting (not easy since I don’t have any large HDDs to hand so I’d have to use a stack of DVDs).

How to repair the Partition Table of my Laptop?

I have a HP DV9500 Laptop. I have 2 HDDs on it, but I can only boot from one.
I have Windows Vista on it. The initial partition table was something like that:
~140 GB – WIndows Vista
~8 GB – Recovery Partition

I split the 140 GB partition in 2 with the Kubuntu 7.10 partitioner. There was enough free space on that partition. I then proceeded with the instalation of Kubuntu. When Grub was installed it didn’t detect Vista. The problem is that Kubuntu doesn’t start-up and when I manually boot Vista it stucks at boot. It doesn’t boot from the Recovery DVD either…
Somebody suggested that the Partition Table is broken. I don’t have a physical bad on my HDDs, so the question is: How do I repair the partition table?
P.S.: I have access to my HDDs via Back|Track Linux Live CD. I can also access the terminal. Can I repair the PT with fdisk?(and how)

Thanks in advance.