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I am trying to install FC5 on my external usb drive (as the title implies..) At first I was having trouble entering the grub, but I think I got this ...
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    installing FC5 on external usb drive


    I am trying to install FC5 on my external usb drive (as the title implies..)

    At first I was having trouble entering the grub, but I think I got this sorted out - I reinstalled, this time changing the HD order, so that HD0 is my usb drive, and the grub now sits on its MBR. Now when the usb drive is connected, and after I put it as first boot order in the bios (After each re-connection is gets back to the end of the boot queue), it launches the grub console.
    I have no idea what I should do from there, as I was expecting some kind of boot menu.
    oh - I have added the needed modules using the mkinitrd, and directed my grub.conf file to use the new one. I've added ehci-hcd, usb-storage, scsi_mod and sd_mod.
    My grub.conf file now looks like this:

    Code:
    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
    #          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
    #          root (hd0,0)
    #          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00
    #          initrd /initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/sdc
    default=1
    timeout=5
    splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    #hiddenmenu
    title Fedora Core (2.6.15-1.2054_FC5)
    	root (hd0,0)
    	kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5 ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet
    	#initrd /initrd-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.img
    	initrd /usbinitrd-2.6.15-1.2054_FC5.img
    title Other
    	rootnoverify (hd1,0)
    	chainloader +1
    Am I missing something here? what should I change at this file, or someplace else, to enable the menu so I can chose between the FC and the XP?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Have you changed your init script in your new initrd? You may need to add sleeps into this script or increase the default sleep time for USB. I make the USB sleep 10 or 15 and add a 5 second sleep after all the calls to load the modules have been made.

    This link is good, deals with FC3 and 4 but I assume it should be fine for your purposes:
    www.vigla.eclipse.co.uk/usb_install.pdf

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