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Thanks for the suggestions.

Write-to-USB I was trying to download was just called mkusb. At least that was the apt-get name. I can't recall what I used when I switched to LL but that was made from windows on the laptop that's down. I do remember finding it quite difficult to do. I find this sort of OS thing difficult to do in general.  As I'll need a new USB anyway (all my others have other stuff on them) I think I'll try one of the ready made ones.
General Help & Advice / Re: Purchased live USB's. Thoughts please.
« Last Post by Keith on Today at 05:29:41 pm »
..........and Etcher also allows one to format a USB, which can be useful. 
General Help & Advice / Re: Purchased live USB's. Thoughts please.
« Last Post by DavidMcCann on Today at 05:09:25 pm »
Linux Lite  (and many others) recommends creating the installer with etcher these days:
General Help & Advice / Re: Purchased live USB's. Thoughts please.
« Last Post by Keith on Yesterday at 10:42:59 pm »
I have no experience of buying Live USBs so can't advise you on that.

Which write-to-USB software were you trying to use? 
The most commonly used one is UNetbootin, available for free here:
It comes with several Linux OSs to choose from that it will install onto your USB, or it will install an ISO file that you have already downloaded. 

Ubuntu ISO files are available for:
Ubuntu 18.04:
Ubuntu 20.04:
If you choose this route, I would go for Ubuntu 18.04 as the latest 20.04 is a bit new yet. 

Good luck with whichever you choose.
General Help & Advice / Purchased live USB's. Thoughts please.
« Last Post by RATTLEBACK.131 on Yesterday at 10:15:16 pm »
My main Linux Lite laptop has gone T--sup & I'm in need of a live USB to retrieve my home folder files & replace the OS (With ubuntu). Trying to follow an LL tutorial to create one has already run into problems just trying download an app to write to USB. (my backup laptop - the one I'm using now - is also LL.)
I struggle with this sort of thing when everything goes as it should.

I'm looking at the plethora of ready done live USB's on ebay for less than £10. I know Ubuntu/linux is a free OS but this would, at first sight, be a hassle free way to get what I need fairly quickly.

Has anyone else used one? or know of a better (ie trusted) source than ebay ?
Ubuntu / Re: Can only boot to command line
« Last Post by Keith on July 07, 2020, 11:14:07 pm »

Root feels like ordinary terminal user access but allows one to do dangerous things, so best left until absolutely necessary. 
If you are changing operating system, I suggest Ubuntu (with Classic View) as it has everything one needs and there is lots of help available. 

Ubuntu / Re: Can only boot to command line
« Last Post by RATTLEBACK.131 on July 07, 2020, 11:08:06 pm »
I feared as much. For me I think the live USB will be the less stressful. I'm not overly familiar with the workings of LL & not worked in root before. Running ls does show my home folder stuff so I don't want to bugger that up if I can help it.
 As I want to change to something else anyway I'll make a new live USB ( have to make a fresh one anyway). Once I've done that I may need some help accessing my old files to back them up but deal with that at the time.
Ubuntu / Re: Can only boot to command line
« Last Post by Keith on July 07, 2020, 05:31:17 pm »
It looks like your system has a serious problem.
Your list of outputs mentions "root drop to root shell prompt".  Might be worth trying this.  If it works, it starts a terminal session with root privelidges which will allow you to examine the system, back up files etc. 

Failing that, then yes: using a Live USB looks like the best option.  As for using Puppy: I suggest that you stick with Linux Lite on a Live USB as you are familiar with it and you probably have one lying around.  Your laptop is easily able to cope with the more popular Ubuntu for which there is more expertise available here. 

Ubuntu / Re: Can only boot to command line
« Last Post by RATTLEBACK.131 on July 07, 2020, 05:09:22 pm »
Latest update on what's not happening with HP laptop.

Mouse does not do anything in command line. There is no mouse cursor. Clicking buttons, scroll wheel & moving it about does zero on screen to show for it. It will not highlight any text (as there is no mouse cursor to target anything with.) Mouse works in command line on this laptop though (also running LL) when summond from desktop. Maybe that's because it's not getting to command screen through the desktop?

Trying to get the desktop from generic options only results in command line/screen as per trying to boot with straight LL. Recovery mode lists lots of stuff before giving a recovery screen inc. failed actions & errors. Such as:
 dev/sda1 contains a file system with errors. check forced.

 I can list more if that might be useful. Recovery screen options :
dpkg repair broken packages.
grub update grub boot loader
root drop to root shell prompt

Choosing dpkg gives a warning about making certain files read-write (forgot take picture of that one) & I didn't proceed.
Choosing system-summary gives a very brief flash of 2 lines of text such I had to photograph them to read:
cat: sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling _available_frequencies: no such file or directory
/lib/recovery-mode/system summary:29:/lib/recovery-mode/options/system-summary: arithmetic expression: expecting primary: " / 1000"

It seems to recognise the external HDD as it returns:
[ 152.519172] sd 2:0:0:0 No Caching mode found [ 152.519426] sd 2:0:0:0 [sdb] assuming drive cache : write through
in the command prompt after plugging it in. Does similar with a USB flash drive but numbers in brackets differ. However running , df | grep media , returns to a blank command prompt with both. df media, same thing.

Do you agree with Darry's suggestion that live USB OS would gain me access to my files for back up ? He suggested Puppy.

Thanks again both for the help you've given so far.

General Help & Advice / Re: Can't mount external hard drive
« Last Post by Keith on July 07, 2020, 10:52:19 am »
People will need a lot more information about your system in order to advise you.
Please post the output from
Code: [Select]
inxi -Fx
You may need to install inxi:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install inxi
  Then please list all the devices attached to USB ports as you seem to have quite a lot.

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