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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    No.
    Do not change any existing partitions.
    You may need to do deeper search but it should show a list of partitions with at least one with d as first column.
    Then you should have a Linux partition that you want to change to logical.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Doing a deeper search uncovered a bunch of Linux partitions, but some of them were unrecoverable. After continuing from there, TestDisk reported the same list of partitions as before, except with a few more NTFS partitions (no new Linux partitions, except IIRC one of the partitions changed from "extended" to "Linux"). The first partition was marked with a * in the first column, and the rest weren't marked at all (unfortunately, I neglected to take a screenshot of that page). Am I looking at the wrong page or something?




    Thank you!

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Usually testdisk does not show so many partitions. It often shows several versions as every resize or change leave more history. But usually only one is correct size. You seem to show many with the same size?

    It has found your Linux partition but you want to be on the screen with the * or d and change one Linux from d to L for logical. And then write or save that update. Do not make any other changes.

    This shows the screen you should be at.
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestD...n_table_status
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hm... there might be many partitions because I've messed around a lot with installing Linux Mint and stuff in the past. On that page (after I run the deeper search), none of the partitions are marked as Deleted - it shows a couple more NTFS partitions than the quick search but that's it.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    I might just try the write if it lets you or if that does not work see if changing to L even though not shown as L works?
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Oops. Well, while trying the write, I managed to screw up something fierce and all my partitions and stuff disappeared. In the end I decided to just reinstall Windows. I didn't really lose anything, though, since all my stuff is on Dropbox, so it's not too bad.

    Thanks for sticking with me! It's a shame I couldn't get it to work, but it doesn't really matter too much.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hi,

    I'm a beginner for linux and I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04.3. However, I had problem booting Windows. So, I tried boot-repair but it looks like it didn't help, and maybe made things a bit worse.

    Here is the log file the tool has generated:
    http://paste.ubuntu.com/6784554/

    In summary, I have Lenovo Y400 with 1TB Harddisk and 128GB SSD on my system. 1TB harddisk has windows 8 preinstalled. I've installed windows 8.1 on my 128GB SSD and have been using that one for some time. Whenever I turned on computer, it used to ask me to choose which Windows to run, and worked pretty well and straight forward, until ubuntu came into the play.

    After running boot-repair, whenever I start my computer, I get this message, which is probably from BIOS:

    Default Boot Device Missing or Boot Failed.
    Insert Recovery Media and Hit any key.
    Then Select 'Boot Manager' to choose a new Boot
    Device or to Boot Recovery Media

    Then it's asking me to choose where to boot from. But the list has 3 Ubuntu entries (one spelled as ubuntu (with small "u"), two spelled as Ubuntu), 2 windows entries. I cannot use any windows options or any "Ubuntu" options. Only "ubuntu" works, others give me this BIOS message and again goes back to BIOS boot selection:

    "Windows Boot Manager has been blocked by the current security policy"

    I'd really appreciate any help. Thank you in advance!
    Last edited by jake19; January 20th, 2014 at 10:08 AM.

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @jake19
    /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bkpbootmgfw.efi
    Best to run the undo until we know you really have a "buggy" UEFI. It looks like you installed with secure boot on as you have the signed Linux kernel installed which should boot even with secure boot on.
    Is secure boot on or off and have you tried with both settings?
    Also very new systems work better with very new Ubuntu or 13.10 and shortly 12.04.4 which will be out in early Feb. UEFI has many updates & fixes, both by Linux and vendors. Is your UEFI/BIOS most current from Vendor?


    It looks like boot repair ran its "buggy" UEFI rename function. I am not sure it is always required, but it is for those UEFI that internally hard code UEFI to only boot the Windows efi file. So Boot-Repair renames the Windows file and makes grub2's shim be the Windows file. The UEFI thinks it is booting Windows but is really booting grub2 and then from grub2 menu you can boot Windows.

    buggy-kernel detected. Do you want to activate [Backup and rename Windows EFI files]? yes (if any choice fails, please retry with the other)

    Boot-Repairs rename copies this /EFI/microsoft/boot/shimx64.efi to bootmgfw.efi
    Actual Windows boot file, originally bootmgfw.efi, becomes this:
    /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bkpbootmgfw.efi

    With the renamed file you cannot directly boot Windows from UEFI menu as it really is shim.
    And a Windows update may rewrite the bootmgfw.efi file overwriting the shim version, so then if you can only boot the Windows version you have to rerun boot repair. If you can boot Ubuntu entry in UEFI menu, undo the rename.

    To undo & to rename files to their original names, you just need to tick the "Restore EFI backups" option of Boot-Repair.

    I prefer to configure each drive to have its own efi partition near the beginning of the drive. You must have still had UEFI/BIOS set to boot from 1TB when you installed to 128SSD, as it has no efi partition. Windows just used hard drive.


    Other Lenovo

    Lenovo s440
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2189531
    Lenovo Yoga 11s (Intel i5/Intel HD 4000)
    Needed this: acpi_backlight=vendor
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2188199
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1911972&
    Lenovo Community Bios Access
    http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/IdeaPad-.../812737/page/2
    Lenovo Active Protection System™ – for hard drive
    [SOLVED] Lenovo Y580 with working bumblebee on 12.10 - NVIDIA 660M
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2137318


    Also some info on two drive UEFI installs in link in my signature.
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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    Hi oldfred,

    Yes, I've installed ubuntu with SecureBoot enabled. However, when I run boot-repair tool from LiveUSB ubuntu, I can't exactly remember but it told me to disable SecureBoot with options to abort or continue. So I aborted, disabled SecureBoot, and booted from LiveUSB again and run boot-repair again. However, boot repair again told me to disable SecureBoot. I thought probably it's not checking the current SecureBoot setting but blindly suggesting to disable it, so I clicked on continue that time.

    I've tried both with SecureBoot enabled or disabled, it gave me the same issues.

    To undo & to rename files to their original names, should I again boot from LiveUSB and do it there? Or should I do it on my installed ubuntu on ssd?

    Thanks!

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    Re: [Boot-Repair] Graphical tool to repair the PC boot in one click

    @jake19
    I do not think it matters where you run Boot-Repair from. It saves to local files which I believe it finds.
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