I have a dual boot system with Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows 8.1. Until this moment everything worked fine, but just now when I tried to boot into Ubuntu I failed and I got this message:

Try(hd0,0): EXT2

On the other hand Windows boot just fine as it is proved by the fact that I am able to write this question!

What is happening? How can I fix that so to log into Ubuntu?

  • did you change anything in either OS immediately before this happened? Run any updates? – Russell Uhl Mar 18 '15 at 16:54
  • @RussellUhl I am not completely sure but I think that there was one update in Ubuntu....I need urgently to be able to at least access some files in that OS! – Adam Mar 18 '15 at 17:01
  • what happens if you boot into ubuntu, get that error, and then just sit there and wait for say, 5 minutes? (Obviously not the best solution, but give it a try. ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2012900) – Russell Uhl Mar 18 '15 at 17:04
  • @RussellUhl It just remains there saying this message. I didn't wait for 5 minutes but I think that is will just remain that way... – Adam Mar 18 '15 at 17:11
  • If it's urgent, boot from the Ubuntu 14.04 installation medium; you should be able to mount the disk[s] to access files, then repair later. – DrMoishe Pippik Mar 18 '15 at 23:41

I've had this issue last week and the answer to a similar question found here worked for me. The steps described there are these:

  • Use a live CD (Wubi will do too, escape while booting and choose Demo mode) to boot into a working Linux system.
  • Get the partition Linux is installed to with gparted (use this partition instead of /dev/sda1 in the next steps).
  • Mount the partition: sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
  • Bind: sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev && sudo mount --bind /dev/pts /mnt/dev/pts && sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc && sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
  • sudo chroot /mnt
  • grub-install /dev/sda (sda not sda1, or other bootable disk)
  • grub-install --recheck /dev/sda
  • update-grub

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