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Old 06-30-2006, 04:22 PM   #1
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Question Why won't Linux boot?

I just installed openSuSE Linux 10.1 on an external hard drive connected by usb to a Dell Dimension 3000 computer. When I boot the computer, it just runs Windows GRUB screen at all. So, to run Linux, I must put in the installation cd, go through 15 minutes worth of installation screens, and finally boot from there.

How can I configure my system to boot Linux?
I also want to keep Windows to use whenever I need it.

I tried the boot diskette procedure, but that failed.
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Can you computer boot off the external drive at all? BIOS and that?

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Of that I am not sure. How can I check?

To boot Linux right now, I boot off the installation cd 1.

Thank you for your efforts
Old 06-30-2006, 09:20 PM   #4
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To get into the BIOS you have to hit F10 or DEL or some other key that is hopefully in the startup messages (eg: Press F10 to enter setup).

Then look throught the menus for boot order. If there is an entry called external device/disk then make sure it is before the hard disk entry. Also if the floppy drive isn't first, that might be why the boot disk isn't working.

I've never used Suse before, but in many installation disks there is an option to specify where to boot from on startup. Something like boot=/dev/sda1 to boot from a usb drive.
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When you boot from the CD type "grub-install /dev/hda" which should install to the MBR of the first IDE disk (normally the booted internal HD).


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