So I blew one of my HDs and decided to set up a Ubuntu 12.04 standalone system on my USB HD. Worked fine, but then I decided to create a startup CD that would incorporate my basic setup needs, so that I could have a truly portable computing system, wherever I go.
I installed the basic software that I use on every one of my systems and, when I rebooted to complete some of the install procedures, I could no longer access my partition by booting. Oh and it is the only OS installed, so no Grub interface.
EDIT: [Additional info] - All I get when I try to boot without LiveCD is a blank, dark screen, no prompt or options appear and although my USB HD is working(I can feel it), and seeing as though, when I insert a CD/DVD it pops back out, as if the PC is booting up already, I feel that if I could recover my install, that I wouldn't have to re-install from scratch ...not that that would bother me, I haven't had an OS installed for at least a month ...it's just that, in the eventuality of a crash, I have to re-install the stuff I REALLY like, like Opera and stuff.
EDIT: [Additional info] - I changed the hardware (display, sound, etc) to "system default", could that be it? If so, how can I change it back ...and how do I save the file once I have made the changes to it ...can't remember and I can't seem to figure it out, sorry, long time no program in Linux.
Thanks, one more time