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    Default can't install BT4 on USB stick

    hello.

    I've downloaded bt from this site and i tried to install it on my pc.

    what i noticed that its not bootable , i dont know why, but i've already used my usb stick to install my current windows so the problem is not my stick.

    i've read in the FAQ that may be a problem with md5sum , so i tried to burn it with unetbooting , before that i've burned it with UltraISO and i had only 4 files in the cd, 2 folders and 2 normal files

    and now i have 10 files ...

    but its still not bootable, my first boot device is USB-HDD (Advanced BIOS Features)

    what can i do ??

    help plz ..

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    If you want a step-by-step proceedure to create a bootable USB, try:

    0) Toss unetbootin.
    1) Boot from the live DVD.
    2) Make a directory for your USB mount point => mkdir /mnt/sda1
    3) Make a directory for your CDROM mount point => mkdir /mnt/cdrom
    4) Stick in your USB flash drive (I use a 2 GB Kingston for my USB).
    5) Mount your USB => mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
    6) Partition your USB => fdisk /dev/sda1 (just use one large partition)
    7) Format your USB => mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1
    8) Mount your DVD => mount /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom (it may already be mounted in /media).
    9) Copy all the contents from the DVD to the USB drive => cp -vr /mnt/cdrom /mnt/sda1
    10) Navigate to /mnt/sda1
    11) Run GRUB => grub-install --recheck --no-floppy --root-directory=/mnt/sda1 /dev/sda1
    12) Navigate to /mnt/sda1/boot/grub and run => cat menu.lst
    13) Check the menu to see if has the correct pointers (it ususally will).
    14) Run nano on the menu to correct the screens => nano menu.lst
    15) Add vga=0x317 at the end of the kernel line for the 1024x768 listing.
    16) Add vga=0x314 at the end of the kernel line for the 800x600 listing.

    The particulars listed may not be idiot proof - I'm assuming that you have some slight knowledge of linux and will understand the commands and what extra to do. This is what I do, and I have two USB disks that I update like this all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SLK001 View Post
    If you want a step-by-step proceedure to create a bootable USB, try:

    0) Toss unetbootin.
    1) Boot from the live DVD.
    2) Make a directory for your USB mount point => mkdir /mnt/sda1
    3) Make a directory for your CDROM mount point => mkdir /mnt/cdrom
    4) Stick in your USB flash drive (I use a 2 GB Kingston for my USB).
    5) Mount your USB => mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1
    6) Partition your USB => fdisk /dev/sda1 (just use one large partition)
    7) Format your USB => mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1
    8) Mount your DVD => mount /dev/hdc /mnt/cdrom (it may already be mounted in /media).
    9) Copy all the contents from the DVD to the USB drive => cp -vr /mnt/cdrom /mnt/sda1
    10) Navigate to /mnt/sda1
    11) Run GRUB => grub-install --recheck --no-floppy --root-directory=/mnt/sda1 /dev/sda1
    12) Navigate to /mnt/sda1/boot/grub and run => cat menu.lst
    13) Check the menu to see if has the correct pointers (it ususally will).
    14) Run nano on the menu to correct the screens => nano menu.lst
    15) Add vga=0x317 at the end of the kernel line for the 1024x768 listing.
    16) Add vga=0x314 at the end of the kernel line for the 800x600 listing.

    The particulars listed may not be idiot proof - I'm assuming that you have some slight knowledge of linux and will understand the commands and what extra to do. This is what I do, and I have two USB disks that I update like this all the time.
    i dont understand a word of what you are saying ..

    i just can't make it bootable, i'm not able to start the program so i use commands on it like startx or ubiquity etc...

    ok look,

    right now i have windows vista

    I've downloaded the *.iso. checked the md5 with the calculator and it was right.

    next i've burned the iso (bt4-final.iso) on a usb stick (4gb) with unetbootin .

    i've put usb-hdd as my first usb device and my second boot device was hard disc .

    and i restart the pc and the usb is not bootable,

    also i can't use LIVECD option, when i enter MY COMPUTER and click on it it "explores" the files in the cd and i see folders and text files ..

    so nothing happend

    i hope you understand the problem and can help me ...

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    Quote Originally Posted by or756 View Post
    i dont understand a word of what you are saying ...
    I don't know what to tell you... What I gave you was pretty basic stuff. If you don't understand it, then maybe Linux (and Backtrack) aren't for you.

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    I got the same issue. maybe the iso you download is corrupt. I think the file size is 1.5 GB.
    When I download it, its only 1.4 GB. anyone know if the iso is supposed to be exactly 1.5 GB?


    Thank you

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    Quote Originally Posted by SLK001 View Post
    I don't know what to tell you... What I gave you was pretty basic stuff. If you don't understand it, then maybe Linux (and Backtrack) aren't for you.
    do you have msn ??

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    I found my problem about this matter. my laptop cannot boot in the usb.

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    There are guides, both text and video based on installing BT various ways using the different media methods. Since this is not a basic linux support forum it would be wise for both parties that are having trouble to stick with another distro. More than likely you are not ready for BT and advanced penetration testing distro.
    There is a also a guide I wrote for beginners entitled If you are new to BT or Linux read this thread. It is stickied in the beginner section at the top. Please peruse it.

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    Also adding one simple thing - but it is so important. This thread is full of posts where members are wondering if the download they have is good, or asking what size the file should be?

    The MD5 numbers that are posted next to the download links are there so that members can assure they have an intact, accurate file to start with. BT4 is not a small file. It would be silly to proceed using a download of that size without confirming the checksums. That confirmation takes about 10 seconds and then there is NO doubt.

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    Default Re: can't install BT4 on USB stick

    will this be applicable with partitioned external hardrives?

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