The current state of my computer, after all of my tweaking, experimenting and attempts to fix my Ubuntu installation problem, is that I have Windows 10 installed on my HP Pavilion laptop on a 500GB partition. The rest of it is partitioned as unassigned in EXT4 format.
My problem started when I was trying to do some development on a fully Ubuntu system (no Windows). Ubuntu was running fine, and I was developing and playing around with OpenCV (Python) code. For some reason, OpenCV was unable to open video files (it could stream the webcam just fine). I looked online and determined that what I should do is re-install OpenCV with FFMPEG enabled. Well, that’s when my problems started.
I couldn’t figure out how to just update OpenCV, and I wasn’t confident or sure how to remake it, so I decided to just totally remove it and re-install it with anaconda since I had read it would solve the FFMPEG problem. I tried using different ways to uninstall, including pip, etc., but what I ended up doing (I know, I know, bad idea) was using a device wide rm command looking for anything with “opencv” in the title. After that, Ubuntu kept occasionally giving me errors, and OpenCV didn’t seem to work correctly after installing it.
So from there, I decided ‘forget it, I’m just going to start from scratch’, wipe my system, and reinstall Ubuntu, then reinstall OpenCV. I made myself a USB stick with Ubuntu-18.04 (which I was already running) and tried to install it. It kept freezing during the install, no matter which option I’d choose, from “do something else” to “erase Ubuntu and install”. I think it tried so many times and got to different stages of installation that I corrupted something important, so I decided to seriously wipe it all.
I tried a separate memory repair tool that I downloaded onto a USB drive, and now I’ve tried installing Windows 10 (which did finally succeed, hooray!) and have tried modifying the partition tables and formatting them, etc. within Windows, but my Ubuntu install still freezes during installation. It usually freezes during the install itself, after all the selections have been made, or if I try to go in and edit the partitions inside the “something else” installation method. I’ve tried recreating my Ubuntu image on the USB, and I’ve also let it run for a good 18 hours just in case it was going slow, with no luck.
Have I just corrupted part of my memory beyond repair? Is there something wrong with the boot manager? Any help is appreciated.