I've recently experienced an odd problem where for reasons that escape me my graphics configuration has been corrupted. I've tried going through the menu option that I am offered (everything from starting in low graphics mode to using console, etc...) but I can't get to the files I want to recover.
What does this have to do with permissions?
Well, after getting tired of fiddling with this I decided to boot up Ubuntu on a USB stick and try to access my files on my main Ubuntu partition. Success was had and I could clearly see all the stuff I wanted to recover still there.
The problem is that I can't access any of my files because I'm warned that I am not the "owner" of said files.
Howe could I go about giving myself ownership and just copying the files I'm looking for onto my USB stick?
Is there a way to fix my corrupted graphics configuration?
My main desire is to simply recover the important files I need and start a new Ubuntu install from scratch.
Any help would be much appreciated.