Back to much USB stick...no go with restore from time machine. Pretty sure that once I get back, I'll be stuck with 10.6.0 again...upgrades won't work. The only way I got 10.6.5 working was doing a vanilla install on a new HD since the original HD quit. I guess I could reformat the HD and try a clean install again, but that's really time consuming.
Not sure, but I used the latest nbi and it did it's thing for 20 mins, but I still got the no entry sign. Tried the recovery=y and nbi, bit still got the no entry sign...lame