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    Default [Solution found] GRUB Shell, Error 12, No Boot Menu, Minimal BASH-Like

    Hi there,

    I downlaoded BT4pf,
    Burnt it on a DVD,
    and tried to boot from it.

    I got the GRUB Shell, looking like this:

    Code:
    [Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. for the first word,
    TAB lists possible commands completions. Anywhere else TAB
    lists possible completions of device/filename]
    
    grub>
    no expected boot menu....


    I tried to start the kernel manual by typing in this:

    Code:
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz BOOT=casper boot=casper nopersistent rw quiet vga=0x317
    but it says:

    Code:
    Error 12 : Invalid device requested.
    I burnt the DVD again. Same failure.

    anyone an idea?

    i am using an acer travelmate 290.

    backtrack 3 worked fine, burnt on a CD.
    i will try to burn backtrack 3 on a DVD and boot from it. (atm I am at work )

    is there any differece between booting from a CD and booring from a DVD?
    I mean, it even starts the GRUB Shell, so it should be possible, or isn't it?


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    i read about a solution for grub installed on hdd with the same error 12:

    Code:
    grub> root (hd0,0)
    grub> setup (hd0)
    okay, but which device is my DVD?

    I burnt Backtrack 3 on DVD, it worked fine. No probs.

    So my laptop is able to boot DVDs.

    That is not the Problem....


    Today I will download BT4 iso again, install a md5 checksum tool and compare the values.

    I report ...

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

    Its the same md5 checksum.

    I used a DVD+RW before. I read, that this might be the problem. So i bought a new empty DVD+R and burnt it on this disc.
    It is the same behavior --> GRUB Shell...

    I tried this:

    Code:
    grub> geometry (hd0)
    it lists the partitions of my hard drive.

    Code:
    grub> geometry (fd0)
    to
    grub> geometry (fd8)
    gave me an error, like ... coudn't read device. or something like that...

    I tried the DVD in my flat mate's laptop, it worked fine.


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    This sucks. Where is the ****ing problem >.<

    Any solution for this problem?
    Is it known?
    Any answer of the developers?

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    can I try the following command?

    Code:
    configfile (hdx,y)/boot/grub/menu.lst
    but its not installed on hdd. which device should i choose then? As you read in the 1st post, fd0 - fd (or 9, im not sure now) is not working.

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    I have the exact same problem , i also tried to remove any hd i had and it still happens. Also i try the boot command and i still get an error about the kernel.

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    i could not solve the problem with the live dvd.

    but i found a way to install BT4 on HDD.

    For people with this problem, here is a solution to install it on your HDD:

    I used VMWare Workstation 6.5, created a Linux-Ubuntu machine.
    I choose the BT4 pre final ISO file for the VM's CD drive.

    The HDD of the VM was my physical hard drive. I gave access to the entire disk (important, because you have to edit the MBR)

    okay. Ignore any suggestions to install VMWare tools...

    Start the VM, when you see the VM Logo press esc key to load the boot menu, then choose cd drive.

    Now you should see the GRUB boot menu of the LiveDVD.

    Choose Text mode.

    Now i followed this tutorial:
    forums.remote-exploit.org/backtrack-4-howto/24435-bt4-prefinal-manual-install-dual-boot.html

    Thats it.

    Don't follow the tutorial command by command, use your brain and choose YOUR drive and YOUR partitions.

    I used a 1Gig partition as swap partition and a 7 gig partition (reiserfs) as boot and root partition.

    Handle this like your preference is...

    Ask me if something is unclear.

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    For Aser you can boot ubuntu ...


    restart >> Prese F12 Bootsetting >> change boot to CD/DvD driver

    and Reboot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qtrinux View Post
    For Aser you can boot ubuntu ...


    restart >> Prese F12 Bootsetting >> change boot to CD/DvD driver

    and Reboot


    I dont think that you understood my problem. Thanks anyway

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    Am having the same issue as the OP, tested on my Dell vostro 1400 and my main desktop. Will try and see if i can install it on a 8GB stick using vmware.

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