I take full blame for this, but I screwed over my system and don't know what to do next. Here's what happened, and I hope someone can give me advice on next steps.
- I have an Acer Aspire one, originally with windows 8.
- I put 13.04 on a usb drive and successfully installed it. during the install, I removed all existing partitions etc, completely nuked windows 8 (yay!)
- I used full disk encryption (I still have this password)
- Everything worked fine, and THIS is where I made a mistake
- I decided I wanted to try another distro, and while I was downloading it, I decided to use the same Ubuntu USB stick to boot up, then opened gparted, and 'deleted' the partitions on the hard drive. The download of the other distro I wanted to try (OpenSUSE) was taking too long so I went to bed.
- Woke up, decided "you know what, I'll stick with Ubuntu" and so decided to reinstall from the same USB drive. This time i did NOT choose disk encryption, other than that, install was exactly the same.
- Install seemed to go fine. At the end, I removed the USB drive, restarted.
- System message came up saying "no bootable device"
- Re did installation, same problem
- Freaked out, decided to try to use my OpenSUSE thumbdrive to install THAT distro, during installation, OpenSUSE recommended deleting all the existing partitions of ubuntu etc, which I allowed it to do. Install went fine but after removing thumbdrive and restarting am still getting: "no bootable device"
- Tried to do some research, some places indicating that I should be in legacy bios mode etc, but on my original install I was on UETF and it was fine. Tried switching that in the BIOS and restarting. Got a little further (OpenSUSE command line items started appearing, so I think it was starting to load up) but eventually got bootable device message again.
So I think I screwed up here. I am assuming this has something to do with the initial choice to encrypt the hard drive. Or I messed up the partition tables, or similar.
I don't care about any lost data, all I want to do now is put in my Ubuntu USB thumbdrive, wipe out all previous data, and install Ubuntu again from scratch.
I would really appreciate a step by step. I feel very lost on this.