Originally Posted by ozizza2vau
Hi, I am new to UNIX/Linux. My laptop came with XP and I bought an external harddrive to install Linux in it that way I will have double boot but soon after I restarted the linux after instal, GRUB reared its head. I could no longer boot to my window and annoyingly I formated the laptop and installed RedHat. Now I want to install Solaris on the external hd but I cannot go past the "GRUB". Any ideas on what I can do to get rid of so I can install Solaris? Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
Hi ozizza2vau, and welcome to this forum.
I'm not sure I understand your situation. Do you mean you re-formatted the laptops internal drive? Which version of Fedora (and grub) did you install? Also, where did you install it, MBR, separate boot partition, /boot under Fedora /?
I'm not familiar with Solaris so can't advise you about that.
One of the ways for a beginning linux user to install a distro is to use either Gparted or PartedMagic, both of which are free (Google is your friend). These allow you to partition the hard drives to suit your needs. One of the features of these programs is that you can "LABEL" each partition which makes installing easier as opposed to the UUID (a long series of hex characters) device identifier which is hard to remember and will change if a partition is changed (resized, etc.).
Some good sources of information are the documentation for your distro, several linux oriented forums (including the one for your distro), books library, etc.) and user groups if there is one in your area. I particularly like "Linux in a Nutshell" from O'Reilly books ( all kinds of good information there).