I was trying to remove the old kernels from my /boot partition after updating to the newest one (because somehow that partition was created pretty small) and I think I accidentally deleted the newest one.
I was only putting the laptop to sleep whenever I wasn't using it, so a couple weeks went by before I restarted it. I got the message something like "cannot find /boot/vmlunuz 4.8.59 (numbers probably wrong) then: "You need to load the kernel first!" (at least it didn't append "dumb-ass!" to it lol!).
So, I booted off a live Ubuntu CD, but now it is telling me that the hard drive is "encrypted" and asking me for a password. I don't remember ever encrypting it. Could that be an erroneous message?
If I did encrypt it, I would have used the same password I use for almost everything (I know that's not recommended, but...) depending upon whether at least one number or one symbol or both upper and lower cases are required, I have variations of the same password; and I've tried all of them.
(Unless the password had to have been at least 16 characters or something; but then I would have repeated the same from the beginning in order to pad it).
I'm close to just formatting the hard drive and putting a nice, fresh Ubuntu on it and calling it a new beginning; but it sure would be nice to have the past year's work back; -275 gigs of my own music in Audacity files, for example. Thank you, in advance for any advice