I've got a Gateway 4000 series laptop - 1.3 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB hard drive in the PC, CDRW/DVD drive. I recently purchased a 160 GB external hard drive to install Linux on to learn. I have no real knowledge of how to do more than mount drive in Linux right now (hence the learning part). I verified that my bios supports booting from removeable devices, but whenever I try to install Linux it only reads my laptop's hard drive. I don't know how to make it see my external hard drive. I've read several help files the past week, a lot of them talk about going into expert mode. I've tried typing install expert at the boot: prompt when I first get into FC4, but I still can't get it to see my external drive.
Can someone help the lost newbie?