I recently got a new laptop with Windows 7 installed. I downloaded 12.04 LTS ISO and created a bootable USB stick. I booted into Ubuntu on my laptop and installed Ubuntu, choosing the 'side by side' option for Windows and Ubuntu.

Now when I boot I get this error and a Grub rescue prompt.

error: no such device: f0e797ec-17f0-4777-8296-1a44b8524753

(hd0) (hd0,msdos4) (hd0,msdos3) (hd0,msdos2) (hd0,msdos1) (hd1) (hd1,msdos1) (hd2) (hd2,msdos5) (hd2,msdos1)

Notably, a set command returns partitions that don't exist when I do an ls.

Furthermore, when I do an ls on all of the partitions shown above, they all return 'unknown filesystem'. Which I take to mean that none of the partitions are linux partitions.

Any idea what the heck might be going on here?

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    Perhaps is it using EFI? (Being a new laptop, I'm sure it is.) Also, don't you get an error message? Just the Grub prompt? – Andrea Corbellini Aug 28 '13 at 16:19
  • I edited the question to reflect the error message I was getting – Snitse Aug 28 '13 at 16:22
  • Looks like it is using UEFI. Is that the cause of this? Any idea how I should proceed from here, given I cannot boot into windows or ubuntu? – Snitse Aug 28 '13 at 16:31

I deleted the partitions that ubuntu was installed on (sdc2, sdc3) and installed ubuntu onto sda4. Then I set the prefix and root to point to hd0,4. Its working for me now.

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