I have been having some minor problems.
It was more of an irritation than a problem but yesterday I decided to do something about it.
I have this grand new laptop. In every respect it is one of the best I have ever used. Except for the little irritation.
I would fire up the machine and instead of being presented with a nice little menu offering me Linux or Windows, I would get a blank screen and a little “grub>” cursor. Fuck all use to man or beast. I would have to do a Ctrl+Alt+Del in the hopes of something different. Sometimes I would switch off and on again. I am a trier.
Occasionally I would actually get the Linux/Windows menu, but selecting either would usually give an error “Command failed” or if I was lucky “You need to load the kernel first”.
After ten or so reboots it would suddenly throw up the correct menu and I could run my Linux or Windows.
I think I might be forgiven for trying to fix this?
So I searched the Interwebs. I tried Boot Repair. I tried a few other suggestions. None of them worked. Yesterday I had a fuckit moment and decided to start completely from scratch and do a Factory Restore. So I had to back up everything first which took an age.
I navigated through the many Dell menus until I found the Factory Restore. It warned me in no uncertain terms that I was about to wipe everything and that the machine would revert to its original pristine condition. I sighed and told it to go ahead. Off it went churning away and finally announced that my machine was as good as new. I rebooted.
FUCK! Now I couldn’t get into anything. The machine was bricked.
Using my USB stick I tried all sorts of stuff like revisiting Boot Rescue [no good] or a few other suggestions such as manually generating my menu.
This morning I tried a fresh Factory Restore. Maybe it would behave itself this time? It didn’t. All I got was grub>. Strangely though if I went into the F2 Boot menu it said that I had WIndow and Linux installed but I couldn’t access either. In desperation I did a Linux install. Maybe it would fix the problem. It did. Up to a point.
I am now back to rebooting about ten times before I can get into Linux or Windows. Both are working once I get in [but of course I have to reinstall all my own software except for Linux where my backup was nearly unnecessary].
I got into my current Linux after about eight reboots. I’m pissed off with it and can’t find any solution.
And the central heating has packed up.
I must have pissed off God at some point.