I built a USB stick to install lubuntu on a old toshiba laptop. The laptop has a modern fast samsung solid state drive in it and 4 GBs of RAM. It had/has an old version of Ubuntu on it. When I booted it (after it had not been turned on in about 2 years) it booted to Ubuntu and then it said I needed to update it so I did. After the update, it said I needed to reboot, which I did. After the reboot, all I saw was a blinking cursor. After many tries, I gave up and decided to install Lubuntu on it (as it is an older laptop).
I built a Lubuntu USB stick. I tested it first by booting to it on a windows laptop. It booted fine and it ran from the USB stick just fine.
So I plugged it into the old Toshiba laptop and booted. I saw the screen that said view or install, safe graphics and something else. I selected install/view. All I had was a blinking cursor.
I saw that I could press C for a command line. I did that. But I do not know any commands to try.
I played around with it for a bit and now it says:
GNB GRUB version 2.06
Minimal BASH- like line editing supported. Press TAB to see possible devices.
I have no TAB key on that old Toshiba. I tried all the keys to see if any did anything but they did nothing.
I a looking at a command line now that says:
And a blinking cursor after the >
Maybe this is the old Ubuntu on this Toshiba I have in front of me? Can anyone give me some commands to try to see if the old Ubuntu will fix itself and maybe boot?
If not, any suggestions as to what to try when I boot to the flash drive and can choose:
Or, I can click on the “C” key and I am at a command line from the USB stick.
Any help appreciated. Many thanks,