Here's the stanza:
It looks like the system is directed to boot Windows, since what happens is the usual start of a Windows8 boot: A black screen with
a small 4-paned window icon in the middle, with (either) white or blue (I forget which) panes, as if daylight was coming in the window.
That's what I called a "cellar window," because that's what it reminds me of. Then, while the window is still on screen, a little
bunch of white dots goes around in a circular formation for some seconds, then that and the window goes out. Then after a little while,
the black screen turns into very dark blue, and remains that way forever. What should happen, instead, is that a "wallpaper" of a
lighthouse would come up after just a few seconds, and then you have to push the "Windows" key to get a log-in prompt.
So I don't think it's a Linux problem, I think something happened to Windows while I was in never-never land. I need to
somehow restore Windows to normal operation.
I can access the Windows partition from Konqueror super user. I see there's a directory called Recovery, and in that directory are two
subdirectories with gibberish names--some kind of encripted stuff, I guess. (These might even be the files that installed Win 8 in the first place.)
Somebody familiar with Windows and not afraid of Linux could probably fix Windows from this access point, but I don't know where
I'd find such a person. All Windows people seem to shun Linux like it was bubonic plague!