Using mintinstall, I clicked "Install" on a package I should have examined more closely. I do not remember the name of the package. It had something to do with boot diagnostics, so I could eliminate unnecessary steps and speed up the boot process. The details showed a huge list of packages that would be removed for this install, freeing up more than 4 GB of hard drive space. The packages removed included grub and grub2. Did I notice this before I clicked install? Nooooooooo. Once the process started, I did not see a cancel button, and I didn't want to mess with it. So, grub and grub2 were removed, and on top of that, the package failed to install. I reinstalled several other packages, but I neglected to reinstall either grub package before I rebooted.
As a result, when I boot, I do see a grub screen, but it is lower resolution, with a plain blue background instead of the hi-res background image I used to see. I can boot into Windows, but when I select Linux, the boot process stops very soon. Here is a transcribed excerpt of what the boot screen tells me.
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[ok] Waiting for dev to be fully populated ... done.
[ok] Setting parameters of disc (none).
[ok] Activiating swap ... done.
[...] Checking root file system .../etc/init.d/checkroot.sh: 224: /etc/init.d/checkroot.sh: logsave: not found
failed (code 127).
[FAIL] An automatic file system check (fsck) of the root filesystem failed. A manual fsck must be performed, then the system restarted. The fsck should be performed in maintenance mode with the root filesystem mounted in read-only mode.
[warn] The root filesystem is currently mounted in read-only mode. A maintenance shell will now be started. After performing system maintenance, press Control-D to terminate the shell.
*** I gave my password and ran cfdisk, this is the information it gave: ***
name flags part type fs label MB
sda1 primary ntfs pqservice 14600.07
sda2 primary ntfs system reserved 104.86
sda3 primary ntfs Acer 408702.42
sda4 primary ext4 568328.20
*** I ran fsck /dev/sda4 and I got an error: fsck.ext2: not found ***
What a mess. TIA for any clue. I have an LMDE boot disc if needed.