I'm not sure if I'm messed up here but all advice welcome:
used the WinXP setup CD to delete existing WinXP 32Gb partition,
2 new 16Gb partitions, then made some spare space at end a new
too (it may have been 2 new partitions). WinXP installed okay into one
of the partitions (didn't create a
filesys on the others).
but then it seemed had to change from hda3 to hda6 to boot Debian and
then when do gpart/parted it gives a
of partitions than the XP setup made and has a couple with same
point (byte? cylinder?)....
I then deleted the new partitions (leaving WinXP in the new but smaller
partition) but still Debian (eg parted) only sees 3 partitions and two
of them start in same place.
Sorry for lack of details - will write them down and post later today