It sounds like you selected Poly to Subd's instead of Subd's to Polys. polyToSubd1 is the result you get from a Poly to Subd operation. Make sure you're converting from Subd's to Polys and not the other way around.
Originally posted by Harvezter
Still trying hard to learn here... am doing the dog tutorial and everything looked like i was doing well..... had the dog shaped, selected the side with no legs faces and deleted... had half of a dog like I was spose to.... then I went to convert subd to poly and set all like the tutorial said to........ then I opened the Outliner and my outliner was different than the tutorial said it should be......... instead of having SubdTess and pCube.... I had only polyToSubd1
P.S. how can I reset ALL the tools in Maya 4.5 complete?