Shoutout to ext2fsd

Huge shoutout to ext2fsd!

http://www.ext2fsd.com/
https://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2fsd/

Our family room TV computer would boot to GRUB and defaulted to the linux OS and we pretty much never used that and only used Win7. When I tried the normal method of modifying GRUB to change the default, I had one issue: The computer failed to boot into linux!! Or, maybe it booted to linux but I couldn’t see anything on a monitor…

So, how do you edit the grub files when you can’t see what’s going on in the linux? I suppose I could SSH in? But, wasn’t setup and wasn’t sure if I could get that to work, I don’t recall any of the passwords associated with the linux install.

So, I tried ext2fsd and accessed the ext2 filesystem for linux and modified the files from WINDOWS!! Notepad++ was better than the basic windows notepad, but it worked!! I opened notepad++ as an administrator, navigated to the correct files, modified them, and saved.

Why was I not able to access linux? I’m not 100% sure to be honest, but I think maybe I installed Linux and then installed a separate video card and I think linux didn’t have the correct drivers/setup for the video card. I tried another VGA monitor, but that didn’t work because I probably had some setting in the BIOS to look at the external video card.

All is good now, with the exception of a ‘dead’ linux install that I should take care of, but at this point the PC works as it should and I’m happy!

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