Install Ubuntu - Booting from External Hard Drive

elmo elmo at
Tue Mar 18 00:42:26 UTC 2008

John Doe wrote:
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> Hello,
> 	I've tried several times to install Ubuntu Server LTS on an IBM 6220
> desktop I have and haven't had any success.  I've downloaded the CDROM
> image and burned it to a CD and verified it.  I even tested the CD by
> booting my Macbook from the CD. Works fine.  But I think something is
> wrong with the CDROM Drive in the IBM Machine because it won't work now
> - - although it did once when I was trying to boot from an un-verified CD.
>  So I'm still trying to install Ubuntu.  The computer recognizes and
> seems to read my 8GB external hard drive fine so I was wondering if I
> can boot from that.  I tried just using the same disk image and putting
> it onto the ex. hard drive but when I try to boot from that I just get a
> blinking cursor.  Any ideas on how I can boot and install from an
> external hard drive or how I can get the cd to work?  Thanks.
> - - hommeentete
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I've had the same problem trying to boot a cloned copy of ubuntu from 
the WD external usb hard drive.
I think the problem is in the command   'root' which selects the boot 
partition of the external drive.  I haven't been able to determine what 
address should be in the root command.

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