Please take it easy on me.
I'm a brand noob here and I've impressed myself because I rememebred LS & CD from a prompt. That's the extent of my knowledge!
I recently tried to install Fedora 4 to a USB2 20GB drive. That did not go well. Install went fine, but errored out on boot. I researched that for a bit and gave up. Too much trouble and just too deep for my first forray into Linux.
I put the into the case and figured I could get it to dual boot with some help from a guy here at work. Windows XP Pro on my SATA 120GB with 2 partitions and Fedora on my IDE 20GB. I also have a 40GB IDE for storage of music, pics, etc. After we installed Fedora & GRUB we got it into KDE everything was fine. Now it couldn't get into Windows. After pulling the 20GB with Fedora still no Windows. I then pulled the 40GB storage drive off the IDE and the SATA drive would boot. Found out there were old install files on the 40 and the partition was also active. So we repartitioned it to extended and the data remained intact no problem. STILL wouldn't boot with the 40 connected.
CMOS was set to boot order of none, none, none. This is how I've done it since day 1. It will then boot to SATA and bypass the IDE chain. I changed Primary IDE from Auto to None and finally got my original setup working the way I had it originally with just XP.
My decision at this point is to either just give it up & install on my P3 machine OR try this again and set this 20GB to 'none' in the CMOS and try another install with the risk of messing my main box up. I also have to contend with my wife hollering because she can't get on MSN and doesn't have access to her pictures and whatever else she does that's so important.
Is there anything else I might run into on this that I should watch out for?
Any advice would be super!