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And title your threads with the issue clearly stated rather than 'HELP!!!'
And refer to any relevant hardware. 'My monitor's display looks warped and I have a Whizbang monitor with an Eyeblaster and 6 gigs of video memory' rather than 'My screen's all black and stuff!' But there's no need to say you've got a serial-toaster plugged in if that's not likely to be part of the problem.
And always, always, refer to any gotchas. If you've got some funky hardware or you're dual-booting with XP or you have a scsi-slidrule plugged in through a sonic-screwdriver-adaptor, let others know it.
And try to copy and paste as much as possible. Precise diagnostic output, precise error messages, precise commands you typed in. Maybe all it is is a typo screwing you up but if you say 'I issued the command to copy the files' all we can do is believe you or guess that you might have typed 'c[' or 'copy' instead of 'cp'. If you paste the info, people can see typos or bad syntax.
Flipside, if you're utterly lost and don't know what to do, post anyway.
But *try* to make the posts clear and on target.