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I installed Ubuntu 12.04 about two weeks ago and everything booted fine and dandy. About four days ago I booted my laptop and instead of the usual it came up with this:

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I installed Ubuntu after Windows 8 caused havoc with my machine (no physical damage) and as such I installed Ubuntu on it's own (no Wubi). Selecting any of the options seems to do nothing (the first option just leaves me with a blinking cursor).

I'm not someone who's competent with coding so any help would be appreciated :)

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Have you tried selecting the Previous versions option – atenz Jul 19 '12 at 15:12

Try Boot Repair.

1 - Live CD

First, you'll need to boot from a Ubuntu Live CD.

2 - Repair the bootloader

To repair and restore the Grub bootloader, follow these steps.

Open a terminal from the Live CD, and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair

After a few seconds, Boot Repair's main window will open.

Click on Recommended repair.

You're done!

Reboot to test everything out.

If everything went well, you should be up and running now.

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Worked like a charm, thank you :D – John Jul 19 '12 at 16:57
@John No problem! Please mark the answer as accepted, to prevent it from showing up in the Unanswered section. Thank you! :) – SirCharlo Jul 20 '12 at 18:35

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