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Thread: "--add-architecture i386" Rendered Laptop Unbootable?

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    "--add-architecture i386" Rendered Laptop Unbootable?

    I'm working on an HP ProBook 450 G3 (64 bit).
    I wanted to get Wine and Sketchup running.
    In an attempt to do that (maybe unnecessarily) I ran --add-architecture i386.
    Now when I boot the laptop it just goes to a text "login" and my username and pw seem to not work.
    I can't even get to a boot menu which will let me use a flash drive to reinstall Ubuntu.
    Can you tell me how to fix this, or at least to get to a state where I can reinstall?

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    Re: "--add-architecture i386" Rendered Laptop Unbootable?


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    Re: "--add-architecture i386" Rendered Laptop Unbootable?

    Okay, I get to the HP Computer Setup screen. Advanced / Boot Options.
    The directions you directed me to say "Select Advanced > Boot Options > Legacy Boot Order > Legacy Boot Mode."
    Does that mean I should uncheck "UEFI Boot Order" and leave "Legacy Boot Order" checked?

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    Re: "--add-architecture i386" Rendered Laptop Unbootable?

    Okay I did that. Now on boot I get
    "Boot Device Not Found.
    Please install an operating system on your hard diskk. Hard Disk - (3F0)
    F2 System Dignostics."

    I managed to boot Ubuntu 20 off a Flash drive.

    I've struggled with this laptop in the past. Yes it is Legacy boot. And the last couple of times I reinstalled, I had to do an only-one-partition reinstall, legacy boot.
    I had to create an EFI system partition, which I guess had to be GPT disk. Was it flagged esp and boot? Something like that. I only do this once or twice a year and I'll have to go and see what notes I can find.

    What should I do now?
    Last edited by webmanoffesto; October 6th, 2021 at 06:47 PM.

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    Re: "--add-architecture i386" Rendered Laptop Unbootable?

    Well, you managed a USB boot. That's always the first/biggest hurdle and it's done. Legacy or UEFI doesn't matter. And HPs are normally easy to install.

    Did you even run the installer? It's on the desktop after USB boot.

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