Originally Posted by jrw1234
After a lengthy battle getting Fedora 16 to install without a bootloader installation error, I find that the drive is still not booting (i.e., going to Windows 7 instead). This is of course after much tinkering with the options in the laptop BIOS regarding boot order. I've also moved the USB drive to various USB ports as well.
I'm not sure what else I can do.
Could it be the Iomega 500GB Prestige portable hard drive I am using as a boot device is not capable of booting F16 Linux?
It sounds like you are unsure if your PC is properly configured to boot a USB device. So, I'd suggest you use another method to accomplish that.
Any issues with the PC's BIOS boot order settings or USB boot support can be bypassed with a program loaded from CD.
Proceed as follows:
Download this file - http://download.plop.at/files/bootmngr/plpbt-5.0.14.zip
Open the zip file, locate the plpbt.iso file inside and burn that iso image to a blank CD.
Booting that CD will present a list of boot devices. When you get that, plug in the USB drive, select USB, and hit Enter.
If F16 starts from the USB drive that way, then it is your PC which is not properly configured to do that on it's own.
If F16 still fails to start, then the installation you did to external drive is bad.