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18 April 2014

error: symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found

I really need to consolidate my blogs. I wasn't sure whether to put this over at the server blog or the android blog or.... well, anyway, this one is generic enough for anything...

I had upgraded my laptop to Ubuntu 14.04 awhile ago -- but today my desktop had the auto-prompt asking me if I was ready, so I took the plunge.

Upon reboot, I got the dreaded grub recover error: symbol 'grub_term_highlight_color' not found.  This seems to be more common with people who dual boot, with grub auto-installing to the wrong drive.

Looking online, everyone said the easiest fix was to boot to a live DVD and reinstall grub.  Sure, no problem, I still have the bootable laptop.  Except it appears that it can't burn since upgrading to 14.04... odd...

well, to save everyone all the steps I took to troubleshoot this....

1. Use the BIOS to boot to the drive that had grub successfully installed
2. sudo dpkg-reconfigure grub-pc
select both drives (not any subpartitions)
3. reboot =)

Now if I can only figure out why my BDXL burner can no longer write discs...
Update: seems to be a Brasero problem. This works instead:
sudo apt-get install xfburn