I have tried to install SUSE 10.3 on my USB Extenal Hard Disk.
However it simply doesnt want to install. After setup on reboot I get various different problems.
My Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe does support booting from USB Hard Disks and I can hear the hard disk working but Linux doesn't appear to have been set up properly. First time I got a disc boot error so I had to restart, boot from Linux CD ROM and try to repair installation. I tried to continue the installation and it finished set it up but would only show me the prompt - i.e. no GUI appeared. So I reinstalled, wiped out previous parititions and tried again. This time the monitor went blank towards the end of the installation and after that I had problems booting up again. I couldn't even get past the Asus splash screen - even the keyboard stopped responding!!!
What the hell is going on?!? Does my PC have some allergic reaction to Linux?!? I am starting my new semester in two days time and I need Linux up and running on my USB Hard Disk ASAP!!
During this installation, I had pulled out all the other hard drives as I want Linux to have nothing to do with them. I want to set it up so that I can choose to boot from USB drive via BIOS when I want to use Linux, otherwise it boots from SATA controller as normal. Also, the DVD ROM and DVD RW drives are just over a year old, in mint condition and clean - the media is also in good condition as it passes the initial media test that Linux gives you.