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Thread: BT4-PreFinal Manual Install -Dual Boot

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    Quote Originally Posted by spasch View Post
    So, I have an odd and I assume noobish question. I have been using BackTrack since v.2 and have always used lilo as my boot loader. I have it all up and running with Grub and don't have my loader set the way I want. After alot of searching here and Google-ing around. Is there a way to get back into menu.lst to change the order and resolution settings where boot has it's own partition?

    Sorry, I tried this in noob-land and basicly got ignored, I did not want to bother you guys with something so trivial.
    You definitely can, the first thing you must do is find out which partition contains the boot folder:

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    fdisk -l
    It will list all hard-drives with its corresponding partitions. Usually the boot partition is small in size. Also do:

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    mount -a
    to see everything that is currently mounted. After that you should have everything you need to mount the boot partition...

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    mount /dev/sdX /boot
    where sdX is the device name that you got from fdisk! After you have mounted the partition, you can edit /boot/grub/menu.lst as you please and re-write GRUB to the MBR!!!
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    Well. I should have checked back here today before I tried again. I found it but in a terribly different direction.

    I booted off the live usb with plans to manually cd over to it. When I tried to mount the hdd it could not be found. I then went into the gui and opened the partition manager which apon startup managed to mount the partitions on the drive. I was then able to navigate to it and edit it via kwrite.

    You got me there in 5 seconds

    Thank You adri_ht_!

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    Quote Originally Posted by spasch View Post
    Well. I should have checked back here today before I tried again. I found it but in a terribly different direction.

    I booted off the live usb with plans to manually cd over to it. When I tried to mount the hdd it could not be found. I then went into the gui and opened the partition manager which apon startup managed to mount the partitions on the drive. I was then able to navigate to it and edit it via kwrite.

    You got me there in 5 seconds

    Thank You adri_ht_!
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    Hey thanks for the tutorial. I tried it for 2 days and finally got it working. I kept getting a Error 19: Linux kernel must be loaded before initrd, like someone else in the forum. I had to put the kernel line before the initrd line in the menu.lst like in the post.

    Dumbest mistake I made was that I mispelled "kernal" in the menu.lst. I kept on typing "kernal" instead of "kernel". When the initrd line is before the kernel line the Error 19 appears and you get the same error when you misspell kernel. Hope this helps someone else with misspelling things.

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    hey mates.

    first thx for the tutorial. well done.
    but you should edit the first post, so that the kernel is loaded before initrd.


    solved my problem with the busybox.
    i had some stange root device (ghda) in my /boot/grub/menu.lst, due to a typing mistake...

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    Glad you guys got it to work! I just edited the first post so that the kernel line goes before the initrd line!
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    Nice tutorial, worked first try ,-)

    i ran into a problem well trying to install a old driver for my nvidia card, during the installation i got a incompatible kernal error witch i ignored... so, now backtrack4 wont boot... this should be a simple fix...

    can i boot up from the live disk then replace the corrupted kernel? any one recommend a quick fix?

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    Umm, yeah I think so, maybe you can, why just dont try it ?
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    Question Issues

    Thanks for the tutorial!

    However, i do seem to be having some issues with this installation.

    I am attempting to perform a quad-boot (windows seven, ubuntu studio 9.04, fedora 11 kde, and backtrack 4 pre final).

    After 4 days of tinkering with this installation (a lot of trial and error!) i am about to get three out of the four operating systems working correctly from the grub boot loader.

    Here is the installation order in which i was performing:
    windows seven (was already on the hard drive)
    fedora 11 kde
    backtrack 4 pre final
    ubuntu studio 9.04

    Ubuntu Studio seems to be automatically picking up ubuntu 9.04 and fedora 11. I have added windows seven to the menu.lst and it works correctly.

    Here is where the problem occurs:
    What ever i seem to put in the menu.lst for backtrack, i seem to be getting a error 15 when attempting to boot!

    Anyways, here is my information:
    Partitions:
    sda1 | Windows Seven (hd0,0)
    --------sda2 - Extended (hd0,1)
    sda9 | Backtrack /boot (hd0,2)
    sda7 | Ubuntu / (hd0,3)
    sda8 | Ubuntu /boot (hd0,4)
    sda5 | Fedora / (hd0,5)
    sda6 | Fedora /boot (hd0,6)
    sda10 | Backtrack / (hd0,7)
    -----------------End Extended
    sda3 | Shared Drive (hd0,8)
    sda4 | Swap (hd0,9)

    Here is my current boot/grub/menu.lst:

    title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-15-generic
    uuid 1ebca7a8-8d61-4c25-945c-cb6f88811a9e
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.28-15-generic root=UUID=573f283d-7a62-43fb-aea0-b5e16e08fa6d ro quiet splash
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.28-15-generic
    quiet

    title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-15-generic (recovery mode)
    uuid 1ebca7a8-8d61-4c25-945c-cb6f88811a9e
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.28-15-generic root=UUID=573f283d-7a62-43fb-aea0-b5e16e08fa6d ro single
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.28-15-generic

    title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic
    uuid 1ebca7a8-8d61-4c25-945c-cb6f88811a9e
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=573f283d-7a62-43fb-aea0-b5e16e08fa6d ro quiet splash
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
    quiet

    title Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode)
    uuid 1ebca7a8-8d61-4c25-945c-cb6f88811a9e
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=573f283d-7a62-43fb-aea0-b5e16e08fa6d ro single
    initrd /initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic

    title Ubuntu 9.04, memtest86+
    uuid 1ebca7a8-8d61-4c25-945c-cb6f88811a9e
    kernel /memtest86+.bin
    quiet

    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

    # This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
    # ones.
    title Other operating systems:
    root


    # This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for an existing
    # linux installation on /dev/sda5.
    title Fedora 11 KDE (2.6.29.4-167.fc11.i586) (on /dev/sda5)
    root (hd0,5)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.29.4-167.fc11.i586 ro root=UUID=bdc6bb34-66e1-43a2-ae5e-5ec05b3b11d0 rhgb quiet
    initrd /initrd-2.6.29.4-167.fc11.i586.img
    savedefault
    boot

    title Start BackTrack FrameBuffer (1024x768)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz BOOT=casper boot=casper nopersistent rw quiet vga=0x317
    initrd /boot/initrd.gz

    title BT4 Prefinal
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda10 rw vga=0x317
    initrd /initrd.gz

    title Windows Seven
    makeactive
    chainloader +1

    Ignore the beginning Ubuntu repeats, i plan on #'ing them out once i figure out this backtrack issue.

    ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated!!

    Thanks!
    -Ben

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    look, i think you made a mistake:

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    title BT4 Prefinal
    root (hd0,2)
    kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda10 rw vga=0x317
    initrd /initrd.gz
    (hd0,2) is your boot partition, not your root partition. so you should change it to:

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    title BT4 Prefinal
    root (hd0,7)
    kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda10 rw vga=0x317
    initrd /initrd.gz

    i think that causes the error!

    cheers
    i wrote nonsense. sorry ...

    (hd0,2) was right. I mixed it up in your device list... failed

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