After a weekend of thunderstorms my supposidly turned off thinkpad no longer can select any of the three boots: XP, floppy or Linux. The Disk directer runs, there are no partitions to recover. Any attempt to select one of XP, Linux or Floppy does not do anything. I can move the mouse all day, but the OS selector is hung. I booted my XP SP2 CD, pressed "R" for recovery and entered fixmbr. OK, a reset caused the laptop to boot to windows xp. I then re-activated the OS selector and am back in business. Both linux and XP now boot just fine. I was lucky I had an XP CD available. Normally I dont have it where I work with the laptop. This should not have happened. The thinkpad was turned off but I had left it in a docking station that was plugged in. Something went wrong that caused this to happen. My question is what can I do to recover from this in the future if I am somewhere and do not have an XP CD. Also, I would like to add "boot cd" to the os selector. Is that possible? ..thanks..