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Question Lubuntu Will Not Boot

BobGoblin

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Greetings I am running Lubuntu on an older laptop and everything was working perfect. I shut-down the PC last night and went to turn it on today, and am only getting a black screen. Just hangs on the black screen. If possible, I would like to avoid a complete re-install, but if that's my only option I can do such.

I am currently botting Lubuntu from a flash drive on said PC and everything seems to be working A-OK. I have checked the obvious, i.e. boot order and it is set to boot USB 1st then Hard Drive 2nd. What other steps should I take to get this sytem booting?

EDIT ->
Upon my further researching it seems that maybe the laptop can no longer "see" the hard drive. Is that what the fdisk output below is showing?
Code:
[email protected]:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/loop0: 1.5 GiB, 1630965760 bytes, 3185480 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




Disk /dev/sda: 3.7 GiB, 3965190144 bytes, 7744512 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: 0x3d998521

Device     Boot Start     End Sectors  Size Id Type
/dev/sda1  *     2048 7744511 7742464  3.7G  c W95 FAT32 (LBA)


Disk /dev/zram0: 844.9 MiB, 885915648 bytes, 216288 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 4096 = 4096 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes


Disk /dev/zram1: 844.9 MiB, 885915648 bytes, 216288 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 4096 = 4096 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
 

BobGoblin

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@jmarket -> The drive was working fine, I shut down for the night and turned it back on and get the message. I have used a USB to SATA adapter and connected to the drive to a windows machine (which I understand better, lol) - and when I plug it in and go to computer management I see this

However, the drive is not auto-assigned a drive letter. Maybe somehow the MBR is corrupted/lost?? (shooting in the dark here) - is there a way to get this drive operational w/o loosing data?
 

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