Ok, so I have a Dell Inspiron 7591 laptop. Today there was a Dell OS Recovery Tool update that knocked out GRUB2. I tried several things to get back into Linux:
- Attempted to “boot linux” off OpenSUSE LEAP 15.2 DVD, but it said it couldn’t find a Linux installation.
- Booted into installer and sure enough, nothing in the form of /dev/nvme0n1 through 0n7. Literally cannot see the onboard SSD.
- Went into BIOS, secure boot was off. Re-enabled, booted into Windows and told it to boot from the DVD (attempting to reinstall certificates). Was greeted by curses-looking prompt asking me if I trust the OpenSUSE certificates, to which I obviously said “yes.” Booted installer, still no /dev/nvme*
- Can see the Linux partitions in Windows, still intact, just can’t access them.
I’m wondering if there’s a less invasive way to get things back without burning the saved dd image (from when I first got the computer) to the SSD and starting all over. I read what I could on the internet for this problem but nothing seemed to work for me. I tried swapping SSD mode to/from RAID/AHCI but that didn’t fix anything.
Linux at one point showed (internal 120GB SSD in SATA bay for my music) that my music drive had two partitions on it. I did a dd wipe of that drive, wondering if maybe EFI got confused and to see if I could force it not to try to boot off that drive (it’s only going to be used for music and files, no Linux, no booting). I didn’t see an extra partition in Windows but we know Windows lies. Anyways, that also didn’t change anything: now I just have (in “manage computer”) a partition-less 120GB and it is still not letting me see /dev/nvme* in Linux.
I’m at my wit’s end. I guess I learned my lesson, no Dell OS Recovery Tool updates. But anyone know a less drastic way to regain control?