I unfortunately can't load PCLO directly on my laptop hard drive. What other options do I have?
Plain installation on USB stick, like a conventional hard disk (as opposed to LiveUSB system), once you have installed and booted from USB installation, run lomanager to install LO. (of course you will need a larger USB stick).
I did the plain install on the USB stick. LO and everything else worked. When LO was loaded about 4 Gig of my 8 Gig stick was used. The full OS is a bit slower running off the stick, but I can live with that.
Thanks for all your help. This one I suggest is "solved". If I was not such a newbie, I would know how to mark it as such.