I'm not sure if I'm understanding it right, but what options you see in Advanced Options for Boot Repair, are really all it is capable of? And so, it's really not doing anything for me (which is what it seems like, certainly not seeming to resolve any of my problems)? I've only ever tried running it from Recommended Repair, and have two of its reports to show for anyone capable of reading them. I'm not sure if it's normal behavior or not, but every time I open it it warns to backup data 'before this operation', and on closing gives a message 'operation aborted' (is there some errant operation prescheduled?).
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This is what my advanced options looks like. All the three greyed-out midle tabs are simply empty, leaving the only option (aside from the report creation options) of file system repair, nothing to do with boot.
Much older, earlier threads, from when I originally tried installing Ubuntu last year, which may or may not be of help. I gave up on it after that failure, afraid to keep trying and perhaps eventually damage my primary WIndows 8 installation, but in the meantime that installation has degraded to the point of near uselessnes so I am back. I'd still like to keep it if possible, just as a backup (it still does web browsing, if not much else).
The specific errors I can identify today;
Two 'phantom' Ubuntu EFI entries left over from past installation attempts.
Ubuntu Installer (currently posting this from the Ubuntu liveUSB, which runs just fine) fails at stage of installing EFI entry and/or GRUB.
Extremely distorted GRUB boot menu graphics, possibly just plain corrupt GRUB. I wish I could screencap this somehow, it's a very strange thing, still clearly identifiable as a menu with three options, and even which option is currently selected, but absolutely no hope of reading any of the text. Not sure if this is a sign of actual corruption or just a harmless display bug.
Thanks in advance for any help.
edit: Had the thought that perhaps the spotty internet connection had effected the Boot Repair install, as I suspected it might have been what was preventing succesfull Ubuntu install. Redownloaded and reinstalled it with no change. Also decided to give the Ubuntu installer one more try, but quickly aborted after it now no longer even recognizes the presence of a Windows installation. No idea what could have caused that. Ran boot repair again, just because, and now I'm pretty certain it is in fact not attempting anything but the file system repair, as indicated in advanced options. new report: http://paste.ubuntu.com/7011446/ Tried Ubuntu installer again, it still no longer even detects Windows (I had hoped it might just be a weird 'mounting' thing, that might be fixed as a side ffect of Boot Repair unmounting and remounting everything for the file system repair, but apparently not).