After making some system changes in efforts to get a MS Bluetooth mouse working (a topic for another post) I used TimeShift to restore the PC to a point that was running well. Unfortunately, after the restore the PC booted into Windows 10 instead of the Linux boot loader. I left options in TimeShift to their default settings.
A clean install will not be an ideal solution as I want to understand what went wrong as this issue will happen again if I try to use TimeShift.
I am a total newbie to Linux!
1) I tried to fix the bootloader based on this website's solution: https://itsfoss.com/no-grub-windows-linux/. Unfortunately, this action stopped Windows 10 booting.
2) I used a Windows 10 recovery disk and am now able to boot into Windows.
3) Using the Linux Live CD I tried to restore the system again by using TimeShift as it was able to see my previous restore points; however, no luck.
4) I have tried changing the boot order under the BIOS but am reluctant to get more adventurous in case I lose Windows now.
Looking forward to some ideas!
Linux Mint 18.3 and Windows 10 dual boot
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System: Host: mint Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Machine: System: LENOVO (portable) product: 80SW v: Lenovo ideapad 710S-13ISK Mobo: LENOVO model: Lenovo ideapad 710S-13ISK v: SDK0J40709 WIN Bios: LENOVO v: 0NCN41WW date: 03/15/2018 CPU: Dual core Intel Core i7-6560U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 8832 clock speeds: max: 3200 MHz 1: 3198 MHz 2: 3199 MHz 3: 3195 MHz 4: 3197 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Sky Lake Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Iris Graphics 540 (Skylake GT3e) GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel Sunrise Point-LP HD Audio driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1f.3 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic Network: Card: Intel Wireless 8260 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 01:00.0 IF: wlp1s0 state: down mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: NA (-) ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 model: N/A size: 256.1GB ID-2: USB /dev/sda model: Ultra_Fit size: 30.8GB temp: 0C RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 42.5C mobo: 42.0C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 205 Uptime: 0 min Memory: 514.3/2606.5MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35