austin.texas wrote:I am fairly certain that you have a hardware problem, not an operating system problem.
I could be wrong, but take a look at a possible power supply or hard drive failure.
Test booting and running your usb.
Thanks, austin.texas. It looks like you may be correct, after I backed up my files in safe mode, I used a Live USB to reinstall XFCE.
The installer gets to the last stage of the process, then gives the error:
[Errno 30] Read-only file-system. 'target/boot/vmlinuz-32.0-23-generic
And then gives a message saying that the hard drive may be faulty.
Would a clean format solve the hard drive problem? If so, what is the best way to do this using the Live USB?
I researched the above error and discovered this thread:http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1918573
this suggests that the problem is actually the kernel, and that installing a distro with a different version of the kernel could solve the problem. Does anyone think that is a viable solution? In other words, will another version of Mint (Cinnamon/Mate etc) use a different version of the kernel? If the kernel version is the same in each current LTS version of Mint, I assume I that downloading another will be a waste of time.