...until I removed the CD and rebooted the machine. To my horror the the screen stopped with words
and would not progress any further, and my mind started racing and my hands started to tremble (after all I am a newbie at this Fedora stuff). Then I switched to another spare machine and started googling for the solution, and I came across some thread which mentioned use of Super Grub rescue disk to fix the issues with Grub, with no options at hand I was ready to give Super Grub a try.
So, I popped in the CD for Super Grub and booted the machine again. This time it booted to a menu I can't describe, the options can be be chosen by your tolerance for amount of risk you are willing to take. By now I am literally cursing.
Super Grub Disk (WITH HELP) :-)))
Super Grub Disk (NO HELP) :-|
GRUB => MBR & !LINUX! (1) AUTO ;-)))
GRUB => MBR & !LINUX! (>2) MANUAL |8-)
!LINUX! (1) AUTO
!LINUX! (>2) MANUAL
WIN => MBR & !WIN! :(((((((((((((((((
EASY LIVE SWAP
By now couple of my colleagues who were watching me suffer (and laughing) looked at the menu and suggested I take the option with smiley face, feeling lost I hit 1, and followed directions in couple other screens and Super Grub finished it job. I rebooted again.
This time I saw the Fedora 9 booting screens and rest is history. Though I was skeptical about Super Grub based on its UI, it did it's job exactly right. So THANK YOU Super Grub team.