BackTrack 4 + MacBook Dual Boot-Need bootloader help
This being my first post and a potential FAQ, I hope to avoid ridicule for this.
That being said.
My goal is to dual boot OS X and BT4
Why not just use the LiveDVD/VMWare/etc?
Well because I don't want to.
Virtualization would be a good option if I had a dedicated desktop machine but being that this laptop is my only computer I would prefer to be able to boot one OS at a time. (i'm sure i don't need to explain why, the advantages should be obvious)
I'm stuck at the bootloader stage, I have BT4 manually installed, I just can't boot it.
My partition table is
That's it, I deleted the EFI partition in hopes of creating a boot partition in its place however I have been unsuccessful.
From research online it appears my options(for running BT4) are as follows:
Install GRUB2/or equivalent bootloader
BootloaderCD (I've seen small bits of info suggesting maybe I could have a disc that I boot from which can in turn recognize and boot BT4.)
I'm hoping someone will be able to shed light into this situation as it appears every install is unique in certain ways etc.
My ultimate goal is to have a bootable HD install of BT4, even if it requires me to have a disk inserted first to boot. I've had a bootable install of Ubuntu before but couldn't tell you the steps I took to get there.
Thanks for your time.
Re: BackTrack 4 + MacBook Dual Boot-Need bootloader help
I attempted to follow every guide i'd come across online and haven't been able to get it to work.
about five days ago however i figured it out:
i did all my partitioning in gparted (booting from the BT4 LiveDVD)
then install the files by doing the manual cp and filesystem making via command line from the LiveDVD
Lastly I had refit already but I installed the bootloader in BT4 on the partition that Backtrack4 was on(in my case /dev/sda3 assuming 1 is efi and 2 is os x).
cleaned up the tables in refit and its booted fine ever since.