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    hi
    have HP pavilion laptop with 2 hard drives
    dual boots xp & openSUSE using grub
    installed BT3 onto SDB5
    please could somebody tell me what I need to enter into the menu.lst to make it boot.
    can I boot from suse terminal command line to test the install.

    Also I have installed BT3 onto a flash drive which boots OK but will not let me login using "root" & "toor" any ideas

    many thanks.

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    The boot entry for grub would look like this if your /boot partition was sda1 and your / was sda3.

    title Backtrack_3_beta
    # Partition where the kernel image (or operating system) is located
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda3

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    Don't know if this is your problem but the first time I downloaded BT2 along time ago, I had the same problem I couldn't log in with root, toor. I ended up downloading the image again and realized it was a different size. Thats the only time I ever had that problem. If Suse is using grub then you can completely pass it parameters from the minute grub loads by typing c and entering command mode or typing e and editing one line at a time. If your not familiar with that it would probably be easiest to append the new entries to your grub.conf or menu.lst depending on what Suse uses. My BT3 is on sda5 as well and I use.

    title Backtrack 3 KDE
    rootnoverify (hd0,4)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 root=/dev/sda5 ro autoexec=xconf;kdm
    boot


    title Backtrack 3
    rootnoverify (hd0,4)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 root=/dev/sda5 ro
    boot

    Again if you go into command mode you can enter these lines one by one and they will give you feedback as you enter them.....oh ya but don't enter the title line in command mode and hopefully you realize that is 2 entries one for command line and one for kde...

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    c0dak... you gave me the answer i was lookin for. i edited my menu.lst before and it just black screened me when booting bt3. this should work now, thanks!

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    spoke too soon. i added this to my grub menu.lst:

    title Backtrack 3 KDE
    rootnoverify (hd0,7)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 root=/dev/sda8 ro autoexec=xconf;kdm
    initrd /boot/initrd.gz
    boot


    title Backtrack 3
    rootnoverify (hd0,7)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 root=/dev/sda8 ro
    initrd /boot/initrd.gz
    boot


    now i get everything loaded up almost about to log in n stuff... what happens next...

    linux live end. start the linux distribution.
    Usage: init 0123456SsQqAaBbCcUu

    any help on this?

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    why don't you do it the easy way..?

    copy lilo.mbr to your windows partition than edit your boot.ini file and add this to it c:\lilo.mbr="backtrack3"

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    like this?

    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(8)\BT3
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(8)\WINDOWS="BT3" /fastdetect
    C:\lilo.mbr = "BackTrack3"


    now... to do the same with my ubuntu hardy, can i also just copy my grub menu.lst over onto my winxp partition and do something similar as above (except for partition 7) and then fdisk /mbr to rewrite the mbr to boot into xp?

    ...i never thought that i could just boot like that. i always used system commander for my boot manager in the past :P

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