Just wait a minute before flagging this as off-topic. I can't believe this is not Ubuntu-related since everything happened just after my Ubuntu installation.
With this said I'll go on explaining what is happening:
I downloaded and installed the latest version of Ubuntu. I wanted a BIOS mode since I prefer this way and completed the installation process. Then I installed GNOME and rebooted. I lost access to my bios after all of this.
This is not the first time that has happened. It happened in the past and I solved switching boot partition in boot-repair using my secondary HDD but now I can't do that any more because I do not have a Windows partition on that drive.
This is my drive:
Disk /dev/sdb: 119,2 GiB, 128035676160 bytes, 250069680 sectors Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disklabel type: dos Disk identifier: 0xcaa3841c Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type /dev/sdb1 * 2048 250068991 250066944 119,2G 83 Linux
When I tried boot-repair, at the end of the process it said I had to make a 500mb partition at the beginning of the partition list so that grub could work properly but hey, here's another problem:
GParted stopped working. This is the error if I try to launch it:
Created symlink /run/systemd/system/-.mount → /dev/null. Created symlink /run/systemd/system/mnt-Archive.mount → /dev/null. Created symlink /run/systemd/system/mnt-Linux\x20Games.mount → /dev/null. Created symlink /run/systemd/system/run-user-1000.mount → /dev/null. Created symlink /run/systemd/system/tmp.mount → /dev/null. /usr/sbin/gpartedbin: error while loading shared libraries: libgtkmm-2.4.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory Removed /run/systemd/system/-.mount. Removed /run/systemd/system/mnt-Archive.mount. Removed /run/systemd/system/mnt-Linux\x20Games.mount. Removed /run/systemd/system/run-user-1000.mount. Removed /run/systemd/system/tmp.mount.
I want to mention that:
- yes I'm sure I'm using the right button to enter the bios
- no there is no bios splash screen
- no, nothing happens if I spam the DEL key to enter the bios
- yes the key works fine
- yes I tried to unplug every drive
- yes I tried to reset CMOS
- yes I installed the OS in BIOS mode, I checked via terminal.
This is the output from boot-repair
This is the message alert saying that I need to make a partition to properly boot:
The boot files of [The OS now in use - Ubuntu 17.04] are far from the start of the disk. Your BIOS may not detect them. You may want to retry after creating a
/bootpartition (EXT4, >200MB, start of the disk). This can be performed via tools such as gParted. Then select this partition via the [Separate /boot partition:] option of [Boot Repair]. (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootPartition)