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  • #2356
    DeVaultSetter
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      Is there a chance you can access the drive from Linux in a VM from Windows? At the very least one could grab the config files.
      Oh, dust is fine as long as it’s not disturbed, we being the perpetrators of the disturbance, and the dust containing atoms of our peaceful ancestors. 😛
      Do recall the NSA vs. Furbies controversy, the reports of which are still being verified because of certain claims it was all a Furphy. 😛
      The computer repair shop had an HDD docker which turned out to be even cheaper than the one on the site, so snapped it up. Cool site, and they also have a range of USB wifi adapters if ever the need arises. 🙂

      #2359
      Bob Marley
      Keymaster

        I can access the underlying system using chroot from the Live USB. I did take a look at the config files and backed up some of them but not all. Grabbed .config but not .local, probably should go back and do that maybe…

        We’re all just space dust, after all!

        Got a couple of Airmega 1512s and they’re quite nice. Probably need a larger one for the living room, though. 🙂

        They did experiment with cloud connected Furbies so the fears weren’t unwarranted, just a little bit ahead of schedule 😛

        Yep, both of those are quite handy. Be careful with the external dock, though. They make it much easier to accidentally bump the drive and kill it since the drive isn’t held in place as well as it would otherwise be. Killed a couple by accidentally bumping them with my elbow 🙁

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        #2364
        Bob Marley
        Keymaster

          Had to reinstall Linux but that only fixed some of the issues. So the firmware upgrade has caused the device drivers to act slow in the UEFI menu now and in the bootloader. In addition, reinstalling Linux seems to have broken the Windows bootloader (data is still there). That doesn’t even make sense. Guess I need to boot up the Windows USB and see if I can run a repair job then repair the Linux bootloader yet again….

          Hopefully I can get everything back up and running with minimal recovery work. I guess things have changed with how to run a dual-boot system since I last initially set it up years ago. Used to be that you installed Windows first and then Linux and things worked. Granted, that was with GRUB so systemd-boot may be different. It’s also quite possible I missed a step that wasn’t mentioned. I vaguely recall having to copy the EFI image for Windows at some point over the last ten years so I could bring it back over after a Linux install. That’s likely what happened. If so, it’s possible I could simply copy the image from the USB but I’m not entirely sure….

          I think I’ll look more into things another day and read a book today. One problem at a time so I don’t get too overwhelmed. Now that I remember, this is expected behavior. I now recall seeing an option in the past to use existing ESP (wasn’t in the PopOS installer or at least I didn’t see it) so this is something that just slipped my mind as it’s been a long time since I did this kind of juggling. Fortunately, I’ve been keeping good notes in this thread. Unfortunately, all of this is putting added stress on the SSDs that I’d rather avoid but I wasn’t expecting the firmware upgrade to bork things like this.

          To anyone else reading this: forgive me for venting my frustrations! I find it helps to walk through what I’m thinking in problem solving. 🙂

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          #2372
          Bob Marley
          Keymaster

            Okay, just did a cursory search and looks like I can simply copy the files from the Windows USB and then run the bootloader repair command in recovery mode (bcedit and such) to link everything back up. Will need to do some more thorough reading of the articles on the computer to make sure but it looks like it shouldn’t be a difficult fix. Of course, we know how that goes. Curse you Murphy! 😛

            Will add everything to the thread assuming I’m successful. Good to have all of this in one place so folks don’t need to hunt. After talking to support, it sounds like they’ll be adding some of my notes to their documentation to help flesh things out 🙂

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            #2377
            DeVaultSetter
            Keymaster

              Hope this all works out with minimum fuss. Glad to have Support on board, they should pitch in with something solid. All that could be trawled from Bing was this:
              https://woshub.com/how-to-repair-uefi-bootloader-in-windows-8/

              #2378
              Bob Marley
              Keymaster

                I did find these guys:
                https://superuser.com/questions/1110644/reconstructing-windows-efi-files-in-boot-partition-linuxwindows-dual-boot

                https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/667803/fixing-efi-windows-boot-from-linux

                Do those look reasonable? Definitely looks straight forward enough even if it also has the feel of brain surgery to it

                You are much better at Windows admin than I am. 🙂

                Edit:

                Looks like your link contains nearly the same steps

                Edit 2:

                Looks like the Arch Wiki has some additional information: https://wiki.archlinux.org/title/Dual_boot_with_Windows#Restoring_an_accidentally_deleted_EFI_system_partition

                It does look rather ugly. Not a fan of their note not to delete the partition as that was out of my control. The firmware upgrade messed things up to the point that the entire boot system has to be reinstalled

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                #2388
                DeVaultSetter
                Keymaster

                  Those are fine, what there is from the horse’s mouth is next to useless:
                  https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/manufacture/desktop/repair-the-boot-menu-on-a-dual-boot-pc?view=windows-11
                  Visual BCDEdit would be terrific if it could show gui forms when run from a recovery disk, indeed something like XTGold from early DOS would be a blast. 😛

                  #2393
                  Bob Marley
                  Keymaster

                    Yeah, I really wish Microsoft wasn’t so hostile towards other operating systems. Running multiple versions of Windows isn’t exactly a very common scenario! 😛

                    It does sort of follow what I’m reading in most places, that BCDBoot should be able to just fix things. Going to need to get my courage up: brain surgery is always a difficult business. 😛

                    DOS 4.0 was just somewhat open sourced, meant to post it in Software but got distracted. 😛

                    There’s also FreeDOS, which I’m sure is useful to some extent.

                    Could run Windows in a VM but I’m pretty sure that would only give access to the VM’s sublayer. That and I never did get the hang of using a VM. 😛

                    Once things are stabilized, I can go back and finish setting Linux up again and then doing other things to it, such as theming and installing other packages. Don’t want to do too much right now in case I need to reinstall yet again 🙂

                    I did look at the possibility of switching bootloaders to either GRUB or rEFInd but it looks like the PopOS maintenance tools are hard coded to expect systemd-boot and things break during an OS upgrade. Not that I’ll be in the bootloader much

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                    #2398
                    DeVaultSetter
                    Keymaster

                      There’s also Windows PE, handy if you want to fix the Windows first. GRUB is certainly an option, here’s a guide on the UEFI usage. 🙂

                      #2401
                      Bob Marley
                      Keymaster

                        Great, thanks. I have an installation USB from where I installed Windows last year. Will that suffice or should I pick up another USB drive?

                        At some point, I should probably start labeling my USB drives so I know what’s what 😛

                        Thanks, will take a look! I was able to boot Linux without a working bootloader when I initially installed Windows from going directly to the UEFI so it may already be done but will look! 🙂

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