I wanted to install Linux on an external hard drive for a laptop, but the system hangs up while installing the from the first CD. says it will take 400 minutes, but the minute count never changed in 3 days. I know it was installing because the package names changed, but it is extremely slow. To bypass the problem I removed my laptop's internal HD, put the Linux hd in the laptop as an internal drive and installed linux on it. After successfully booting into Linux I placed the drive back into the USB enclosure, put the original HD back into the laptop, and attempted to boot from the USB. I receive a kernel panic message after one screen full of text appears. Changing the "root (hd0,0)" to other numbers, and even to "root (sd0,0)" fails to load linux, and doesn't even give the kernel panic message.
I am attempting to boot Fedora Core 6 with the LTSP package so I can test linux as a terminal server while keeping my Windows Vista unchanged. I have heard that tampering with Vista's boot can break the Vista boot and make it very difficult to get Vista working again.
I can boot from a CD in rescue mode and see (or modify) all the files on the USB drive.
Forgot to mention, I want to boot Windows from the internal HD MBR and linux from the external HD. I installed GRUB in the MBR of USB drive.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by rdgreenlaw; 05-20-2008 at 12:41 PM.
Reason: define where GRUB is loading from