Ok, I was having problems with not following the directions during a video card installation, so I led myself to believe that I need to clear the cmos memory. So I cleared the CMOS memory and turned on the computer, and ran through the bios setup and everything is setup fine. There is no setting in the bios anywhere for partitions.
So when my computer gets past the dell boot screen with text for f2 & f12, the screen goes to a black screen with blue band at the top that says dell. Underneeth the band it says "loading pbr..." then it goes to a black screen and doesn't got any further.
I ran SLAX live CD and was able to locate my HD, the utility partition and my normal partition.