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cannot reinstall grub after windows xp messes up partitions

I'm running a Windows XP / FC3 dual-boot system on a
Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop and it was running fine. 
Here's the partitions from fdisk:

device     start end   Blocks    Id   System
/dev/sda1  1     4462  35840983  7    HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2  4463  8287  30724312  f    W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda3  8288  8300  104422    93   Amoeba
/dev/sda4  8301  12161 31013482  8e   Linux LVM
/dev/sda5  4463  8287  30724281  b    W95 FAT32

Inside the LVM, there is a 2 GB Swap and the rest is

I noticed that the Linux parition showed up in Windows
as F: and was concerned that Windows would somehow
corrupt the partition if it was mounted, so I looked
for ways to hide that partition from Windows.  I ended
up changing my grub.conf file to include this line in
the Windows section: hide (hd0,2)

In hindsight, perhaps it should have been (hd0,3).

Anyways, upon reboot into Windows, I could tell that
Windows did something before I logging me in.  It went
to that light blue screen that it uses for scandisk
for about 2 seconds, then it logged me in.  The F:
drive was still visible, and when I rebooted, I got
the following error:

GRUB Loading stage1.5

GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 17

Well I've seen this before, so I booted to my FC3 disk
and typed "linux rescue"  then "chroot /mnt/sysimage".
 I checked my grub.conf, which reads:

title Fedora Core (2.6.10-1.770_FC3)

Then I ran "grub-install /dev/sda" and got this:

The file /boot/grub/stage1 was not read correctly.

I didn't know what that was all about, but after
looking around, I found people suggesting the

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1

To which I received:

Error 15: File not found

I am, however, about to browse to /boot/grub/ and I
can see the stage1 file.  But for some reason grub
can't find it.  Someone suggested using grub.img, but
I don't have a floppy drive.  I do, however, have
network/internet access still enable thru FC3 rescue


Firstly, is the hide command the best way to keep
Windows away from the Linux partition?  What is the
best way?

Secondly, how do I reinstall grub successfully?

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