It was the USB drive that was damaged (i think) :/ i couldn't get Rufus to install, but Balena installed, and said "can't make ISO..something..something.." while formatting the USB drive.
I put in another one, and it worked.
I then tried it on the "dead" computer, chose "try without...
(tried both going in the way you just suggested as well as just going straight, and both lead me to the install menu.)
I formatted the USB, made the ISO USB using ubuntu 20.04.3 , tried it on my "dead" computer.
Ubuntu (SAFE GRAPHICS)
OEM install (FOR MANUFACTURERS)
Boot from next...
Funny enough after formatting into FAT, then remaking the USB using the "potentially damaged UBUntu 18" file, now I get another screen I got a lot last night (that had another series of steps that didn't work):
( a long list of messages then)
[ end Kernel panic - not syncing : VFS unable to...
Thank you for your reply.
They're both laptops.
I've tried various version of Ubuntu on my USB stick, and gotten various errors that i tried trouble shooting and got nowhere with.
At this point , I'd like to focus on the 18.xx version, and why I can't pass this screen.
A few posts I...
Thank you for letting me into the forum.
I apologize in advance if my query seems very random and all over the place, but I'm trying to summarize as best I can all the steps I've taken.
I made (and I've tried making various bootable USB's) on a HP laptop (i think purchased 2014) running...