I installed Linux Mint 13, which worked well but then I could not get the scanner to work.
As a result of my increasingly desperate efforst to install the scanner, I broke the operating system.
I would like to replace the Mint 13 installation with Mint 17, but I am desperate to copy the .thunderbird folder off the computer first since it contains valuable calendar data.
I can boot normally, which leads to a screen with gobbldygook and no useful functions.
I can boot to rescue - root command prompt, and find the .thunderbird folder and list it.
I can boot a live CD, which finds a USB stick so I thought change the permissions and copy .thunderbird onto the stick.
I first tried to boot a live CD (Mint13), I wanted to copy .thunderbird onto the data partition but I am not authorised and also the disc is read-only.
Then I booted a rescue command prompt and changed the permissions on the .thunderbird folder to 777.
i thought 777 is no restrictions?
Then booted the live CD again. It finds the stick and can read and write on it but when I try to copy the .thunderbird folder, it says I do not have permission.
Permissions are "owner 1001 - user #1001", "you are not the owner, so you cannot change permissions"
What am I doing wrong, can anyone help, please ?
Last edited by daviddd
on Sat Jun 28, 2014 3:48 pm, edited 2 times in total.