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Thread: [Howto] Running BT4beta on the same usb key as BT3

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    Main configuration for BT3 and BT4 on 1 USB key

    boot directory:

    bootinst.bat*
    bootinst.sh*
    bootlilo.sh*
    chain.c32*
    dos/
    initrd.gz*
    initrdbt4.gz*
    isolinux/
    lilo.conf*
    lilo.map*
    liloinst.sh*
    list.txt*
    msramdmp.c32*
    mt86p*
    pxelinux.cfg/
    splash.initrd*
    syslinux/
    vesamenu.c32*
    vmlinuz*
    vmlinuzbt4*

    -----------------

    main syslinux directory


    ldlinux.sys*
    lilo*
    list.txt*
    mbr.bin*
    syslinux*
    syslinux.cfg*
    syslinux.cfg.org*
    syslinux.cfg~*
    syslinux.com*
    syslinux.exe*
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    main syslinux.cfg




    LABEL xconf1
    MENU LABEL BT3 Graphics mode (KDE) changes=/dev/sdb3
    KERNEL /boot/vmlinuz
    APPEND vga=0x317 initrd=/boot/initrd.gz ramdisk_size=13332 root=/dev/ram0 rw changes=/dev/sdb3 autoexec=xconf;kdm

    LABEL BT4
    MENU LABEL BT4 Beta - Console
    KERNEL /boot/vmlinuzbt4
    APPEND vga=0x317 initrd=/boot/initrdbt4.gz ramdisk_size=13332 root=/dev/ram0 rw changes=/dev/sdb1 rw quiet


    for BT4 changes

    you have to create changes directory from windows sesion on fat32 and you have to remove read only setting.

    c:\changes



    for BT3 changes/

    you gave to create ext3 partition (you can use qtparted for creation from any othe linux sesion)

    /dev/sdb3

    and in this partition create directory changes

    in main USB there is
    ------------------------------


    main sdb1 fat32 partition in USB


    boot/
    bt3/
    bt4/
    changes/

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunderwing View Post
    I can't see that being the problem, i've just had friends reproduce the process just following the instructions in this post. But then taking into account that three of you haven't been successful I'm slightly thrown through a loop...
    I'm in the loop with ya. It should be just as easy as you explained it. But for some reason it ignores the BT4 entries.
    Kev

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    Quote Originally Posted by d3vnu11 View Post
    I'm in the loop with ya. It should be just as easy as you explained it. But for some reason it ignores the BT4 entries.
    Kev
    Well, at least the boot folder work, some success

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    doing this on my hard disk and using grub works, heres my grub entries.

    timeout 12

    default 0

    color cyan/blue white/blue
    foreground ffffff
    background 0639a1

    gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

    title MEPIS 8-64, newest kernel
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda6 vga=791 resume=/dev/sda11
    initrd /boot/initrd.img
    boot

    title MEPIS 8-64, previous kernel (if any)
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz.old root=/dev/sda6 vga=791 resume=/dev/sda11
    boot

    title MEPIS 8-64, kernel 2.6.27-1-mepis64-smp
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-1-mepis64-smp root=/dev/sda6 vga=791 resume=/dev/sda11
    boot

    title Windows (loader)
    rootnoverify (hd0,1)
    chainloader +1

    title Backtrack 3 No Changes
    root (hd0,11)
    kernel /boot/bt3.vmlinuz vga=791 initrd=/boot/bt3.initrd.gz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw autoexec=xconf;kdm
    initrd /boot/bt3.initrd.gz
    boot

    title Backtrack 3 Changes
    root (hd0,11)
    kernel /boot/bt3.vmlinuz vga=791 initrd=/boot/bt3.initrd.gz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw changes=/dev/hda12/persistent/changesbt3/ autoexec=xconf;kdm
    initrd /boot/bt3.initrd.gz
    boot

    title Backtrack 3 Copy to ram Changes
    root (hd0,11)
    kernel /boot/bt3.vmlinuz vga=791 copy2ram initrd=/boot/bt3.initrd.gz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw changes=/dev/hda12/persistent/changesbt3/ autoexec=xconf;kdm
    initrd /boot/bt3.initrd.gz
    boot

    title Backtrack 4 Beta No Changes
    root (hd0,11)
    kernel /boot/bt4.vmlinuz vga=791 initrd=/boot/bt4.initrd.gz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw
    initrd /boot/bt4.initrd.gz
    boot

    title Backtrack 4 Beta Changes
    root (hd0,11)
    kernel /boot/bt4.vmlinuz vga=791 initrd=/boot/bt4.initrd.gz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw changes=/dev/hda12/persistent/changesbt4/
    initrd /boot/bt4.initrd.gz
    boot

    title Backtrack 4 Beta Copy to ram Changes
    root (hd0,11)
    kernel /boot/bt4.vmlinuz vga=791 copy2ram initrd=/boot/bt4.initrd.gz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw changes=/dev/hda12/persistent/changesbt4/
    initrd /boot/bt4.initrd.gz
    boot


    Hope this helps! It's wonderful having it on the hard disk and on a stick for when you don't have the laptop at a customers

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    Quote Originally Posted by GDixon View Post
    doing this on my hard disk and using grub
    I've also done this, its great.

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    Default thanks for the idea

    when i tried to dual boot i got the problem of "It just highlights bt3 and start auto boot countdown i try selecting BT4beta again and same thing happens over and over."

    so i

    extracted iso to desktop renamed boot folder to start then copied start and bt4 folder to usb.

    then went to syslinux.cfg in start folder and changed every instance of /boot/vmlinuz and /boot/initrd.gz to /start/vmlinuz and /start/initrd.gz then copied all the entries from that file to the syslinux.cfg file in the boot folder.

    now everything is working fine.

    no need to run bootinst.bat or bootinst.sh.

    Hope this helps someone.
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    Finding a few ways of doing this along with persistent changes.

    For persistent changes i just make a folder called persistent and then make 2 folders inside there called bt3 and bt4 . inside bt3 and bt4 i make a folder called changes and then point my boot option to the respective file. Keeps changes all in one place .

    Tried your idea with the boot folders only instead of start i made a bt3 and bt4 folder like my persistent folder and pointed everything to the proper place..works as expected.

    Tried this both on hard drive and on a kingston stick.

    keeps everything in one place and makes updates or changes easier for me.

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    I`m doing this another way. First I install bt4 to usb then add bt3 options to the syslinuz.conf and add directory bt3 to the root of usb key and boot files as vmlinuz-bt3, and initrg-bt3.gz. It works like a charm. For persistent changes create a directory named changes, and modify boot entry by addinf changes=/dev/sdb1 (according to your device).

    Note: Sorry for my bad eglish.

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