14.04 LTS.
Auto updated, rebooted, bios posts, goes to a black screen with blinking cursor.
Holding shift after Bios post will display the letters GRUB but nothing else.
No other inputs appear to have any effect (tried "alt ->" and "alt<-"; also tried alt+ctrl+f1; and typing my password + enter)
I can still dual boot into Windows.
I can boot into a Live CD but unsure how to fix this.
Last month I had this problem:
After Repairing Deleted Kernel, why would GRUB still not boot into Linux.
I just tried those steps again, shooting in the dark, to no avail.
Please help... What is going on with my Ubuntu install!?

  • A good start would be to start ubuntu via additional choises of grub with the previous kernel... This will do clear if the new kernel causes your problem
    – koleygr
    Jul 5, 2017 at 20:15
  • Also are the updates that you did ordinary updates? or you upgraded to 16.04?
    – koleygr
    Jul 5, 2017 at 20:16
  • But how do I start Ubuntu with GRUB when GRUB never appears? Also, I ran auto updates and auto installed whatever it gave me (a long list, and it took a lot longer than usual)
    – MOwens
    Jul 5, 2017 at 20:32
  • did you tell it to remove the current kernel while you were updating?
    – ravery
    Jul 5, 2017 at 20:43
  • @MOwens sorry, I thought you could boot. Offtopic:(when we say I can dual boot we mean I can boot in both. Otherwise it is better to say I can boot on Windows)
    – koleygr
    Jul 5, 2017 at 20:50

1 Answer 1


if you get grub. from a LiveCD. press c to get a command line. change the drive refences as need for your install

From grub type ls (hd0,2)/boot/

you should see a file named vmlinuz or linux, and initrd.img. with version numbers

type: linux (hd0,2)/boot/vmlinuz-#### root=/dev/sda2 or linux (hd0,2)/boot/linux-#### root=/dev/sda2 depending on what you found with ls (hd0,1)/ then

`initrd (hd0,2)/boot/initrd-#####.img`


if you get initramfs rescue mode -- enter your password then startx you should now have a desktop.

use gparted to check your file system, if it reports an error, then you need to boot from a LiveCD or other media to fix it .... DO NOT attempt to repair a mounted partition.

The following three commands fix many grub boot problems. They run quick so just do all three instead of trying to find which one you need.

sudo install-grub /dev/sda, sudo update-grub and sudo update-initramfs -u

reboot and see what you get

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