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I went ahead and figured out how to install onto my external HDD using a CD to do it. The install went fine, and I made 3 partitions. One of 500mb, ext4, /boot. Another of about 200gb (wasn't sure how much space would be needed), ext4, /. And the third at 4000mb as a swap area. The install finished and asked me to reboot and remove the disk from the drive so it could boot from the usb. I did as it said, and it doesn't boot up. It goes to a black screen immediately after trying to boot, and sits there. I left it for about half an hour and decided just to force a shutdown and try again. This didn't work either. It's done this a couple times now, and I haven't been able to get anywhere with it to get into Ubuntu. If the drive isn't connected, I can load windows fine, so I'm assuming I installed Grub into the correct place. I got the 64bit version of the software since my computer supports it (Currently running Windows 8 64bit)

Any help would be greatly appreciated

I did see something about using boot-repair, but I can't get anywhere to do that.

Below is everything CPUZ says about my system in case it's necessary.

Thanks to Mitch for posting the picture for me

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This is the guide I followed for installation.

EDIT: I tried formatting the external and reinstalling, and am still running into the same problem

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Have you set up boot order from bios?Primary boot option should be usb HDD. –  adi Apr 5 '13 at 16:14
    
Do you want to learn and understand what is going on so you can solve the problem knowing what was wrong, or do you want someone to hold your hand and tell you what to do step by step? I'm not trying to be negative, but some people are better at one or the other, and it's best to get it straight right off the bat. –  Marty Fried Apr 5 '13 at 16:17
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Look at askubuntu.com/questions/221835/… You might add more info like was W8 preinstalled, i.e. is this a secure boot pc? –  ubfan1 Apr 5 '13 at 16:32
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@adi I have 5 boot options: Diskette drive Hard Drive USB Storage Device cd/dvd/cd-rw drive network. I've tried putting the HDD as the first option, moving diskette, and by keeping diskette where it is and making the external the second option. –  user147014 Apr 5 '13 at 16:40
    
@MartyFried I am just starting out, so I'm inclined to say I want it the easy way lol, but I do want to know what is going on and learn it also. i could use the step by step, but I'd like to know what is going on and what the fixes are also. –  user147014 Apr 5 '13 at 16:43