Hi there folks,
This is my first post on this board but I have been reading the incredibly helpful posts for the past few days.
Long story short - I used WUBI to install Ubuntu 7.04 to my Dell Latitude C600. I know that this is an old, unsupported version. Unfortunately, my CD drive is no longer reading and my computer model does not allow a USB boot. So, I had to go to WUBI. I could not get WUBI 10.4 to install due to an "invalid user login" message.
I found a fix for that at:
in comment #55. However, that was a fix for 7.04 and I couldn't find one for 10.4, so I went back to that release, did the fix, it installed properly and is running okay. Woo hoo.
Of course, it would be lovely to actually move up to a supported version, if not the current release. So I started using this page to upgrade to Gutsy:
I was unable to backup using clonezilla since I can't use the CD drive or boot from USB, but decided to move on anyway. All my data was already backed up so I only stand to lose Feisty. I edited my source list as described. I updated using "sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude upgrade". So far so good.
Then I went ahead with "sudo do-release-upgrade". Again, still fine, I got the output described on the page.
The problem began with downloading the tarball. When I do "sudo chown $USER /tmp/tmpaIgInN" substituting my username for $USER, then I get
"chown: cannot access ' /tmp/tmpaIgInN': No such file or directory."
So, basically I'm stuck at this point. I tried substituting "root" for my username, didn't work, I tried typing in "$USER" even though I was pretty sure that wasn't right. Nothing so far has worked.
I would be happy to have either problem solved - the first one was "invalid login" during the installation of ubuntu 10.4 after running WUBI and rebooting. The second one is not being able to access /tmp/tmpaIgInN while in the process of updating to 7.10.
Thanks in advance for reading my long-winded post, and please feel free to ask for any more details that would help me solve this. I have a limited amount of experience with UNIX (more than ten years ago) so I appreciate your patience in spelling things out.