One generally expects that the distro you install also provide for the recovery and its not too much to expect, just a recovery shell.
I stand corrected. I must admit: I didn't bother with the Pardus LiveCD (or other LiveCDs) so I've no idea what it's (not) capable of but shell access would seem handy. Still don't know if that would fix the problem of highenergy. The only time when I messed up my MBR was when I tried my first
Linux installation and went for a dual boot system without having RTFM, "just install GRUB" wasn't going to help me there.
The existence of recovery distros made me assume it's not a normal thing for an ordinary distro.
I remember when I used the install CD there was an option to not
write a GRUB entry, so I guess the opposite could be possible too.