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    Unhappy Re: Install on a usb stick

    Quote Originally Posted by ducksun43 View Post
    that http://sunoano.name/ws/public_xhtml/...from_USB_stick is isntalling Debian from USB stick but then, if you want to run your Ubuntu from the stick (i.e. not install a Desktop system with it) the process of getting the data onto the stick is the same as this link shows
    Hello Herman,
    got a question almost relating to your posts here.
    My laptop is:
    eeepc701sd/xp 8.0 gig ssd 512 ram.
    seagate 1000 gig usb 2.0 external hdd.

    I am unable to write read from the ssd with any partition tools.
    Windows xp installer sees the drive but unable access it.
    I can run livecd usb on it when i try to install onto the ssd i get responses of unable write/read. is there a way of installing to the seagate drive? as the attempt i did gives an error on loading of:
    grub 1.5 ... loading

    grub error 2

    help if you can please...
    thanks in advance if you can
    Adam.

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    Re: Install on a usb stick

    I don't know why your USB external hard drive (Seagate) would give GRUB Error 2, but certainly you should be able to easily install Ubuntu in it and use it to run your eeepc.
    You should be able to install in it in the normal way, as if you were installing to an internal hard drive, but try to install GRUB to the USB drive's MBR and not to MBR in your first internal hard disk. It sounds like you've done that part okay.

    I have an eeepc here too and I think it's great! It boots and runs Ubuntu in USB flash memory sticks without any problems. It's a little bit unusual in the way it decides on the drive order sometimes, but other than that no problems.

    I found out mine won't boot a USB external 2 1/2" hard disk drive. However, I can use a larger USB external 3 1/2" hard disk.
    I think probably it can't boot the 2 1/2" because the 2 1/2" drive relies on power from the USB port, and the eeepc doesn't have enough amps in the USB ports to power the drive. The 3 1/2 " USB enclosure has its own power lead for getting power from a power point, and a USB flash memory stick doesn't draw very much power at all. Could a lack of power from the eeepc have anything to do with your booting problem? Is the external hard drive spinning up properly?

    Are you using an older version of GRUB? The GRUB from Ubuntu Hardy and earlier have trouble booting Intrepid and later because of changes in the ext3 file system. That's the only thing I have ever heard of giving an error 2, although there may be other causes of GRUB error 2 that I don't know about yet. There's always something more to learn ...
    Last edited by Herman; July 14th, 2009 at 07:47 PM.
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    Re: Install on a usb stick

    Have you tried using GRUB's Command Line Interface when trying to boot your USB external hard disk after installing Ubuntu? Often you can get GRUB to boot an operating system or at least find out more information about your problem(s) by using GRUB as a mini operating system.

    Parted Magic is the most advanced disk and partition toolbox I know of and they do make a USB version. It might be worth trying the some of the tools in that for working on your Eeepc's SSD drive with if you haven't already. I wouldn't put any faith in Windows XP's installer. You should avoid using Windows disc partitioning tools, they have a bad track record for writing garbage to partition tables, especially the Windows XP disc manager. It could be that the SSD in your eeepc only has a small partition table problem. If that's the case, it would be easy to fix with TestDisk in Parted Magic. TestDisk Page.
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    Re: Install on a usb stick

    Quote Originally Posted by Herman View Post
    Have you tried using GRUB's Command Line Interface when trying to boot your USB external hard disk after installing Ubuntu? Often you can get GRUB to boot an operating system or at least find out more information about your problem(s) by using GRUB as a mini operating system.

    Parted Magic is the most advanced disk and partition toolbox I know of and they do make a USB version. It might be worth trying the some of the tools in that for working on your Eeepc's SSD drive with if you haven't already. I wouldn't put any faith in Windows XP's installer. You should avoid using Windows disc partitioning tools, they have a bad track record for writing garbage to partition tables, especially the Windows XP disc manager. It could be that the SSD in your eeepc only has a small partition table problem. If that's the case, it would be easy to fix with TestDisk in Parted Magic. TestDisk Page.
    Howdy there Herman,
    My seagate drive is a/c powered it will boot on another desktop that i have no problems. but that said it still not boot eeepc... will try to re partition it into smaller partition at the beggining to see if that helps.. will let you know of results....

    thanks again.... Adam.


    edit: here
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xa726e6de

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 3647 29294496 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb2 120768 121601 6699105 5 Extended
    /dev/sdb3 3648 4284 5116702+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb4 4285 120767 935649697+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb5 121420 121601 1461883+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdb6 121094 121397 2441817 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb7 121398 121419 176683+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdb8 120768 121071 2441817 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb9 121072 121093 176683+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    Disk /dev/sdc: 2003 MB, 2003828736 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0217934c

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdc1 * 1 244 1956832+ e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(242, 254, 63) logical=(243, 157, 42)

    Disk /dev/sdd: 2003 MB, 2003828736 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x414f414e

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdd1 * 1 244 1956832+ e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
    Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
    phys=(242, 254, 63) logical=(243, 157, 42)

    hope that helps..
    Last edited by casperneedshelpoften; July 16th, 2009 at 04:25 AM. Reason: update: file print

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    Re: Install on a usb stick

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Herman
    Have you tried using GRUB's Command Line Interface when trying to boot your USB external hard disk after installing Ubuntu? Often you can get GRUB to boot an operating system or at least find out more information about your problem(s) by using GRUB as a mini operating system.
    tried this but grub just hangs:
    Grub..


    and then nothing. I have reformatted the drive re-installed jaunty 9.04 and it boots the desktop no worries.... but eeepc still only gets grub error 2...... more suggestions please
    Last edited by casperneedshelpoften; July 18th, 2009 at 08:36 AM. Reason: Solved!!!!!! Thank-you very much to Herman's efforts.

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