first of all, I am new here also new in using Linux.
I have downloaded and burned the Image and want to install Suse 11.1 on an external USB Harddrive (Iomega 500 GB)
The Laptop is a Dell Vostro 1700 with internal HD and Windows XP on drive C and a second partition for datas.
Linux should start from the USB device, so that when the external HD is not present the Laptop comes up with normal XP.
On Laptop start I can select a boot order and I want, selecting internal drive Windows to be booting, selecting USB device Linux start on external drive.
What have i done?
On Installation there are the drives
sda = internal HD
sdb = Usb device
sdb1 is set to swap (2 GB)
sdb2 = \root (20 GB ext3)
sdb3 = \home (150 GB ext3)
Booter was set to boot from root partition
but now the problem:
When booting, the startmenu comes up normally
choosing Open Suse and then an error occurs such as “\root not mounted”
What’s wrong? How to configurate the partitions and bootloader without changing boot on internal drive?
Is it necessary to boot from MBR?
Hope you understand all writen, I’m German and English practice is a long time ago.