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    ok, my first issue has been since the start of bt3 beta... if I use anything other than vesa KDE graphics mode i have to manually log in and startx won't work, it says "VESA(0): No matching modes" "Screen(s) found, but none have a usable configuration." "Fatal server error: no screens found giving up." "xinit: Connection reset by peer (errno 104): unable to connect to X server" "Xinit: No such process (errno 3): Server error." ... thats the same on my desktop and laptop....desktop is using a 19 inch LCD monitor (1280x1024 normally)...



    and my other issue is that I have tried every way I could find on the forums to enable persistent changes on my USB drive, but I cannot get any of them to work... I get no errors during the process... it just doesn't save any of my changes... annoying to update/install everything with fast-track every time...



    my goal? have my 2gb usb drive work with compiz for my nvidia desktop, and have persistent changes... and the vesa option + persistent changes would be fine for my laptop....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishy80 View Post
    if I use anything other than vesa KDE graphics mode i have to manually log in and startx won't work
    Then why don't you just use vesa KDE?
    It's unclear what you need help on.

    And persistent changes; I haven't touched that since bt2, but if I remember correctly, you have to move the file to somewhere..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunapi386 View Post
    It's unclear what you need help on.
    try reading the whole post?

    especially that last part, you know where it says my goal? what I need help with?

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    Assuming you've made the USB bootable, for persistant changes:

    cd in to the /mnt/sda1/boot/syslinux directory

    Open the syslinux.cfg in a text editor. Find the persistant changes entry. Add this immediately after APPEND:

    changes=/dev/sda2

    So:
    append initrd=initrd.img ....
    would become:
    append changes=/dev/sda2 initrd=initrd.img ...

    Now you need to make your changes directory

    bt~#mkdir /mnt/sda2/changes

    Reboot.

    Look in /mnt/sda2/

    You should have 4 directories:

    xine
    lost & found
    images
    changes

    Now all changes will be saved in /changes.
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    i had that problem also when i ran xconf but it seems as of now if you have an ATI no one knows the fix it so i simply solved my problem by re-installing bt with

    bt~#mkdir /mnt/backtrack
    bt~#mount /dev/hda3 /mnt/backtrack
    bt~#mkdir /mnt/backtrack/boot/
    bt~#mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/backtrack/boot
    bt~#cp --preserve -R /{bin,dev,home,pentest,root,usr,etc,lib,opt,sbin,va r} /mnt/backtrack
    bt~#mkdir /mnt/backtrack/{mnt,proc,sys,tmp}
    bt~#mount --bind /dev/ /mnt/backtrack/dev/
    bt~#mount -t proc proc /mnt/backtrack/proc/
    bt~#cp /boot/vmlinuz /mnt/backtrack/boot/

    but i read shadowkill's thread on compiz and nvida (same fatal error issue) and you have to chown from root root to root video.

    becuase when u do
    bt ~ # ls -la /dev/nv*

    you should see:
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 195, 0 Jun 20 12:17 /dev/nvidia0
    crw-rw-rw- 1 root root 195, 255 Jun 20 12:17 /dev/nvidiactl
    bt ~ #

    and then you have to chown the root : root to root : video

    if that did help just go here to the thread and read it:

    forums remote-exploit org / showthread php?t=14761

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorn View Post
    Assuming you've made the USB bootable, for persistant changes:

    cd in to the /mnt/sda1/boot/syslinux directory

    Open the syslinux.cfg in a text editor. Find the persistant changes entry. Add this immediately after APPEND:

    changes=/dev/sda2

    So:
    append initrd=initrd.img ....
    would become:
    append changes=/dev/sda2 initrd=initrd.img ...

    Now you need to make your changes directory

    bt~#mkdir /mnt/sda2/changes

    Reboot.

    Look in /mnt/sda2/

    You should have 4 directories:

    xine
    lost & found
    images
    changes

    Now all changes will be saved in /changes.
    thank you, that did it =)

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    You're welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishy80 View Post
    ....my goal? have my 2gb usb drive work with compiz for my nvidia desktop, and have persistent changes....
    Try reading my tutorial for it in the HOW-TO section......

    As for the persistent changes, you can either install to HDD or do as Thorn suggested.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Thorn View Post
    Assuming you've made the USB bootable, for persistant changes:

    cd in to the /mnt/sda1/boot/syslinux directory

    Open the syslinux.cfg in a text editor. Find the persistant changes entry. Add this immediately after APPEND:

    changes=/dev/sda2

    So:
    append initrd=initrd.img ....
    would become:
    append changes=/dev/sda2 initrd=initrd.img ...

    Now you need to make your changes directory

    bt~#mkdir /mnt/sda2/changes

    Reboot.

    Look in /mnt/sda2/

    You should have 4 directories:

    xine
    lost & found
    images
    changes

    Now all changes will be saved in /changes.
    I've follwed these instructions to the letter. but i only have two files in my directory lost/found and changes could some one please explain why?

    i origionally followed purehates video .tut and was not able to save changes afterwards.

    -=EDIT=-

    after a second reboot my changes were saved. atleast some of them were!!! i still had to manually connect my internet. is this supposed to happen? all other changes were saved and also the changes i made to wpa_supplicant.conf. however am i always supposed to manually connect to my ap?

    -=EDIT=-

    btw thank you thorn for posting this info i have been trying to get this to work for like a week or so. now i can start using bt more & more. i am eventually going to use i as my main os.
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