Ubuntu 10.10 does not boot from external hard drive

Bug #766388 reported by RICHARD ESTRADA on 2011-04-19
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grub (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

PC with no internal mass memory storage.
Installation done from a USB key to a USB hard drive.
No internal disk => no /dev/sda !
Enumeration order is probably undefined between USB key and USB HD => exchange of sdb and sdc
grub.cfg refers good partitions UUID for both Ubuntu / and swap (independent of sd# numbering)
Get grub2 menu. Then "error syntax"
Original question
 Installed Ubuntu 10.10 to my external hard drive for the first time. Used the whole hd to install as there is nothing else there. Looked as installation went ok until restarted and took me to grub 1.98 menu.. Don't know what to do from there. There's no internal hard drive but computer is intel and came with windows 7 pre-installed. It does not have it anymore but don't know if that makes any difference. Please help!!!

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