Dell Inspiron dual boot


New here and pretty fresh to linux, always dabbled with it when I was younger but never as a daily driver. I’d like to apologize in advance for the wall of text but I wanted to give as much info as I could I guess?

Quick background: I’m a software engineering student, still fresh to it but I know at some point I’ll be using linux for some projects and would like to learn more about it by using it! I have a Dell Inspiron laptop, nothing fancy, that I use for studying and programming on the go.

Just this week I split the nvme in half and followed a guide to dual boot EndeavourOS with Windows 11. Everything went great, I was using the distro for a week with reboots and always got the GRUB boot menu.

Issue: I boot into windows today to take my exam, windows did just fine and was able to use it no problem, but now I cant access the grub bootloader and when attempting to select the boot option from bios the screen will blink 1 time and comes back to the bios. As if it attempted it but was unsuccessful?

I think the problem lies with the Dell recovery system that the laptop seems to boot to when I disabled everything related to recovery in the bios. When I do this it boots into the dell recovery system and says there is no bootable device found. When that’s not true because I’m on the Win 11 installation now typing this.

I suppose my question(s) now is

  • Should I look to delete the dell recovery partitions? Backups are of no concern to me as everything is stored remotely.
  • Advice on how to recover the boot menu? I was thinking boot from usb to Endeavour live disk and use grub to update it’s bootloader?
  • Any advice from someone that’s seen this before? Also, why now that with one windows boot after half a dozen linux reboots that I cant access grub?

I appreciate any advice and help. Thanks!

Also, just created this account and somehow it has my oldschool penguin avatar?? Where did it pull that from because I didnt do it…lol.

Hello I had a similar problem installing (Manjaro at that time) on one of my laptops.
You can take a look in the Arch Wiki on how to solve corrupted / not working boot entries, recover grub etc. But it is very complicated and I decided it wasnt worth my time.

I had a lot of weird manufacturer software and systems like you as well as some problems with my windows installation and therefore decided to do a clean install of everything.
Just completely wiped the hard drive, installed windows first, then EOS and never had a problem again.

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