I have three comments on the same issue for the multiboot.
My younger sister bought an0 HP Pavilion dv2000 with Vista. She is not computer literate so I wanted to multiboot and there was no problem. I repartitioned the HDD and loaded XP fine.
After being able to have my sisters laptop , a friend of mine had an HP Pavilion with AMD so I started looking for an Intel Core 2 Duo with 240GB HDD. It took me about 4 months to have the money together from my student grants to get it. So, finally, I found this laptop on ebay and spent $1,400 for this refurbished laptop with 3 year warranty too. It was all sweetness, untill I wanted to multiboot with Ubuntu.
This is an HP Pavilion dv9060us XP MCE (Vista ready) and I was not able to multiboot. I repartitioned the HDD and when I loaded XP SP2, the OS does not find any HDD's. I have given up on this and all I want is to resale the stupid thing. I called HP numerous times and spent not less than 50 hours on the phone on different occations and no solution given. I sent the laptop twice to their repair center and nothing.
The computer is working fine, no other problems what so ever with the OS, HDD, TV Tuner Card, HD DVD movies, nothing what so ever, except I can't multiboot.
I have a HP Pavilion m7570n with XP MCE. After trying with the laptop I had to Factory Reset the PC to make sure nothing was going wrong. After all the process for the restoreation, I reformated the HDD of 360GB for a Multiboot, guess what? CAN'T MULTIBOOT.....
This is also crap PC.
I am working on my own PC Repair in town so you know what I'm doing.
This is the last time I buy a PC from a manufacture as HP, Sony, Toshiba, etc. After all this, from now on I am building my own systems.
Hope this leads to somethin else than just a long comment.