*UPDATE: AAARRRGGGG ! Looks Like my BOOT got a hole in it....... Answered
Soooo, I guess I am buying a new HD.
So far all attempts to boot the machine to Windows has left me with ChkDsk looping on an error it can not fix.
If I could just get Ubuntu to boot to ROOT so I can transfer all my admin files, I wouldn't care so much abouit losing the HD. So far, I've spent a full 12 hours working on it......I even did a full "restore" from the repair disk.....nothing changed, but nothing failed during the restore....so something is not quite right.
This also means I will be on line in a MUCH more limited fashion than before.
Replaced the HD.....had a LOT of problems until I realized the machine still saw the old drive and kept trying to run CHKDSK on it.
New HD 320gb installed an up.....tomorrow, we deal with installing the firewall, and maybe, if I have some time, a few other things (like a word processor, etc). What a day its been though !
I STILL can't get ON LINE at home....not from windows anyways.....still no firewall.....sigh...this is gettin ridiculous...