Elementary OS Freya 0.3.1 install always boots to grub prompt

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  1. NHOJ OTOM

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    Hello,

    I'm installing Elementary OS Freya 0.3.1 (elementaryos-stable-0.3.1-amd64.20150903.iso) on a Lenovo laptop with UEFI support and with a brand new Samsung SSD 850 EVO 500GB. I created a Live USB bootable image, booted from the image, configured my network, and did an install with an encrypted file system and encrypted home directory. I took the installation defaults for partitioning. The OS being installed is the only OS on the HD, no dual-boot. After installing and re-booting, I end up in the GRUB prompt. I cannot get past this. I've tried fixing it and using boot-repair, but it fails. Here is more information:

    - ls listing:
    (hd0) (hd1) (hd1,gpt3) (hd1,gpt2) (hd1,gpt1) (cdo) error: failure reading sector 0x0 from 'hd0'.
    - ls (hd0)
    (hd0): Filesystem is unknown
    - ls (hd1)
    (hd1): Filesystem is unknown
    - ls (hd1,gpt3)
    (hd1,gpt3): Filesystem is unknown
    -ls (hd1,gpt1)
    efi/
    -ls (hd1,gpt1)/efi
    grub/
    -ls (hd1,gpt1)/efi/grub
    ./ ../ shimx64.efi grubx64.efi MokManager.efi grub.cfg
    -ls (hd1,gpt2)
    ./ ../ lost+found/ efi/ grub/ System.map-3.19.0-26-generic abi-3.19.0-26-generic config-3.19.0-26-generic initrd.img-3.19.0-26-generic vmlinuz-3.19.0-26-generic vmlinuz-3.19.0-26-generic.efi.signed

    What I've tried to fix it:
    - Installed with no encryption
    - Turned off UEFI
    - Tried boot-repair
    - Tried booting the OS from the grub command-line

    Any help is appreciated.
     
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    Hello

    Welcome to the forum.
    The thread just below yours should mention a possible solution: https://elementaryforums.com/index.php?threads/grub-problem-after-freya-3-1-install.308/ the easiest way seems to search for the boot-repair purge grub option.

    I can feel with you, ive tried several hours to install elementary on an ultrabook too.

    EDIT:
    Affected users may install the old 0.3.0 and upgrade afterwards, this seems to be more easy then boot-repair 0.3.1 installation. Download 0.3.0 link via: Grub error (Minimal Bash line like)
     
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    Hi Shorny,

    thanks for the advice, but it didn't work. I tried running 'boot-repair --purge' but I still got the grub prompt. I even created a bootable USB of boot-repair and tried having it repair, but that failed as well. Any other suggestions? BTW, you can find the paste2 info here: http://paste2.org/Uj6Uz2ZY.

    Two more data points:

    1) When I see the Grub command prompt after installing eOS, it says this at the top:
    GNU GRUB version 2.02~beta2-9
    So it appears I'm already running GRUB2.

    2) As a test, I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with no problems using the same configuration I'm using with the eOS install (fully encrypted drive). Maybe eOS isn't ready for prime time yet?

    I really don't know why I'm having such problems when trying to install a new installation of an OS on a new SSD. I bought this SSD just for eOS and it isn't installing properly...this is a bummer...
     
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  4. NHOJ OTOM

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    Executing

    configfile (hd0,gpt1)/efi/grub/grub.cfg

    at the grub command prompt did get me further (past the grub prompt), but elementary OS is still not working for me. When I ran configfile, I saw the grub menu, but depending on what I chose, I either saw a bunch of text which looked like the OS tried to load but failed, or I saw a blank screen (which seemed to indicate the GUI was trying to be loaded but it failed somehow). With the blank screen I tried Ctl+Alt+F1 to see if I could get to a command prompt, but no luck. I tried installing eOS both with and without encryption. I've successfully installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with a fully encrypted drive on it (using just all defaults), but eOS (I've now tried about a dozen installs) just won't run.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  5. NHOJ OTOM

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    I successfully install elementary OS *0.3.0* with the drive fully encrypted, so there's something wrong with the 0.3.1 install. I thought I'd be smart and upgrade from 0.3.0 to 0.3.1. The upgrade "succeeded", but now I cannot login. I get the login splash screen and after logging in, I get the splash screen again. I propose we rename 'Linux OS' to "Unproductive OS'.
     
  6. romanitrenton

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    I literally have Nox Vidmate VLC the exact same problem at this very moment. No idea how to fix it, but thought I'd let you know you're not alone
     
    #6 romanitrenton, Jun 30, 2019
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