release: 13 (maya)
edition: Cinnamon 32-bit
fairly low-power laptop
This problem started out of the blue, I wasn't re-installing or anything. The computer worked just fine until someone plugged in their external hard drive, it froze, and the restart failed.
It loads the OS, but I get the error "Nautilus could not create the following required folders: /home/me/Desktop, /home/me/.config/nautilus" I can still use the terminal, but nothing else works.
Being a newb, after trying to dick around with the permissions for a while and failing, my best idea was to try starting over and installing a new distro. So I made a boot stick that tests fine on other machines, my Ubuntu desktop will boot from it. But the laptop gives me "this is not a bootable disk."
I'm at a loss for what else to do.