installing linux

Link to this post 01 Nov 10

So i went to unbuntu and follwed their instructions on making a usb flash drive except i used an externalhard drive and when i restart my computer and change my boot to usb the screen just goes black and doesnt doing anything. what am i doing wrong? I have a toshiba netbook and a seagate 500gb external harddrive.

Link to this post 01 Nov 10

First, a usb flash drive is not an external usb hard disk. The setup required is different. The instructions on this link are old, but, step 5 is the important part. I have not installed Ubuntu on an external drive, so, I can't verify whether it works or not, but, it looks like the method is the proper one.

Just remember that Ubuntu uses Grub2 now, but, that should not matter if your not installing grub to the mbr.

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what is grub2
i have no experience with linux im just interested in trying it out

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grub2 is a newer bootloader than can be difficult for new users to configure.

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It says that i need to disconnect my internal hard drive how do i do that?
It says to burn to a cd but i have a netbook and it doesnt have a disk drive.

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