Problem installing on a USB HDD

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Problem installing on a USB HDD

Postby poubapub » 2017-03-22 07:11

I want to install Jessie on a USB HDD.
To avoid mistakes I unplugged all other drives in my system except the target USB drive and the DVD Drive.
I burned DVD1, booted and launched the install from my DVD Drive
I used the default proposed partionning, Grub didn't find another OS in my system and I let it install on the MBR of my USB Drive (/dev/sda)
All runs OK

But all I get is a blinking cursor when I try to boot from the USB HDD

Does anyone know how to fix it ?

Thanks in advance
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Re: Problem installing on a USB HDD

Postby antechdesigns » 2017-03-22 09:47

Sounds like a Graphics Problem, try adding nomodeset to the grub command line, you will need to do this until you have Graphics Card Drivers installed.

eg
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GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet nomodeset"


Good Luck !
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Re: Problem installing on a USB HDD

Postby phenest » 2017-03-22 20:01

poubapub wrote:But all I get is a blinking cursor when I try to boot from the USB HDD

No error messages? No grub menu? Are you sure the BIOS is set to boot from a USB/external drive?
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Re: Problem installing on a USB HDD

Postby poubapub » 2017-03-27 05:22

I solved my problem following the steps in this page:
http://crunchbang.org/forums/viewtopic.php?id=15351
Thank you
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Re: Problem installing on a USB HDD

Postby phenest » 2017-03-27 10:22

If that fixed it, it doesn't sound like grub had been installed hence the flashing cursor. But no matter, so long as it works now. And well done on researching and fixing it yourself. Very commendable.
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