Re: [Helping a freind]Weird ethernet cable, mouse, and keyboard glitch.
I respect your friendship, but it will prove impossible to diagnose any problem in this third-hand roundabout way. Example: what error messages come up during boot? If system falls to grub loader, then it cannot find the kernel, but is this from corrupted partition table or kernel file? Was there a static discharge when plugging in ethernet?
At any rate, under the circumstances, your friend is best advised to do a reinstall at this point. It's a new install, so he clearly doesn't have any important data invested in it right now. You are acting as a middleman in a multi-terminus support effort that spans half a continent and requires you to translate instructions from written to spoken and back again. This simply won't work. I advise your friend to get on this forum directly and we may have a better chance to help him.
Newb: How far must I jump to clear the ledge halfway down?
Guru: It's bad to jump off cliffs. Let's look at better options.
Newb: Stop harping about "best practices" and just tell me.