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I installed Ubuntu on an external HDD. Everything seemed fine until I couldn't boot when selected ubuntu form the grub. Upon selection of ubuntu form the grub the cursor halts ...
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    Problem booting form external HDD


    I installed Ubuntu on an external HDD. Everything seemed fine until I couldn't boot when selected ubuntu form the grub. Upon selection of ubuntu form the grub the cursor halts on the black screen as if there was no tomorrow. I am really tired now as I have installed it twice thinking that was some kind of mistake I made during installation. I need YOUR help guys very badly!!!!
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    Does Ubuntu LiveCD work fine in your machine? Any Display problems?
    Execute this in LiveCD Terminal :
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    sudo lspci | grep -i vga
    Post output here.
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    thanks

    In fact I m posting these problems form live cd( Ubuntu). I successfully installed it onto to external HDD but now booting form that is giving me problems.
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    lspci command will let us know about Graphics Card of your machine.

    Check if machine boot up from External Disk in Single User mode.

    Highlight Ubuntu title In GRUB Menu and press 'e'. Select 'kernel' line and press 'e' again. Add <space> 1 at the end of line and hit 'Enter' key. Press 'b'

    Highlight Ubuntu title -- e -- select kernel line -- e -- type 1 -- hit Enter key -- b
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    thanks i ll try and post the result quickly
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    still not booting

    I edited as per your instructions. The space you had suggested was already present after the splash. I noticed one thing that when I boot form live cd after the cursor blinking the display starts and then normal start up, but when booting form hdd it halts on the black screen. Is this because it can't find some file?
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    Did you type 1 at the end of line? Remove splash and quiet keywords.

    Sample kernel line :
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    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=xxxxxxxx ro 1
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    Vicky,
    Is there any error message on the screen after selecting ubuntu from grub selection or just blank screen?

    Where is the grub installed? On MBR or on external HDD? Post the menu.lst file content here. Also, post output of lspci command as suggested by dc. Coz, it may be a grub issue or your graphics card issue.

    DC, what does '1' at the end do?
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    here the content of menu.lst

    # menu.lst - See: grub(, info grub, update-grub(
    # grub-install(, grub-floppy(,
    # grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    # and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default 0

    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout 10

    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    #hiddenmenu
    Type :quit<Enter> to exit Vim

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    DC adding 1 to the end does no good is there any other solution . Savin if there is any other thing you need just tell me , thanks
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    lolz where did that simlies come in the file.
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