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Thread: HOWTO: Dual boot XP & BT (With LILO)

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    Default Still confused

    Im grateful for the above guide however (and I apologise for my noob type status in this dept) I have not partitioned before and your guide assumes that people have.

    Is is possible for you or someone to guide me through the process of partitioning a Windows XP Professional laptop in preparation for the installation of Backtrack to hard drive for dual boot?

    I do not have any partitioning software so if at all possible could you base your guide on free software that is available?

    I apologise for the this request. I have the Live CD working but in order to write results to files etc and have certain components work it needs to be properly installed. I am new to Linux and partioning but am keen to learn.

    Many thanks in advance.

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    Bigwilli..... I just did all this too for the 1st time and found saratis post very useful for a noob, click THIS below.

    Quote Originally Posted by saratis
    i must say this one looks a lot like my reply i posted yesterday...

    being: this

    Maybe we could merge them to make it even better. I think my post goed in a bit more detail which can be useful for some people....

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    Cool Man...This was a great tut!

    Man this was a great Tut bro! You get 2 thumbs up from me!

    Djplayboii

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    Marvelous. Thanks for that. Is there a free alternative though to Partition Magic 8 that would still let me do the same?

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    Oh **!!£. Ignore the above as I have downloaded P Magic 8 as you said but it did not come up with the option to make a swap partition. Im very confused. i have dopne as it said and made the ext3 part and it rebooted etc but it has not seemed to have completed. It has gone back into wINDOWS and nothing has changed.

    I know im probably being stupid but can someone please help me create the part in Magic. To give you an idea my NTFS partition is 38,154.3, used is 11,885.4 and unused is 26,268.9

    Thanks in advance b4 I go crazy.

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    Anothing quick question. H9ow come the first chap who posted this thread said to make an ext2 part whereas the link within says to make an ext 3part. Does this make a difference and if so which one should I do?

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    Default help!

    i've successfully booted both windows and bt on my hd but everytime i boot on BT the startx does not start there is a fatal error "startx cannot be found on /root/directory" sumthing but when i use the gui interface my monitor cannot show any output. pls help out

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    Default Problems with LILO

    Hello all,

    I have been following the tuts on here about dual booting XP with BT. I set up the partition w/ qtparted and install BT on hda2(ext2) with hda3 as the swap. I run liloconfig then lilo. It shows Windows and BT added. But when I reboot, it boots right into windows with no options. Here is my lilo.conf.......

    # LILO configuration file
    # generated by 'liloconfig'
    #
    # Start LILO global section
    lba32 # Allow booting past 1024th cylinder with a recent BIOS
    boot = /dev/hda
    message = /boot/boot_message.txt
    prompt
    timeout = 1200
    # Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
    change-rules
    reset
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
    vga = 773
    # Normal VGA console
    # vga = normal
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
    # vga=791
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
    # vga=790
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
    # vga=773
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
    # vga=788
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
    # vga=787
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
    # vga=771
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
    # vga=785
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
    # vga=784
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
    # vga=769
    # End LILO global section
    # Windows bootable partition config begins
    other = /dev/hda1
    label = Windows
    table = /dev/hda
    # Windows bootable partition config ends
    # Linux bootable partition config begins
    image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/hda2
    label = BackTrack
    read-write
    # Linux bootable partition config ends

    I know something doesnt look right.....Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by crustymonkee
    Hello all,

    I have been following the tuts on here about dual booting XP with BT. I set up the partition w/ qtparted and install BT on hda2(ext2) with hda3 as the swap. I run liloconfig then lilo. It shows Windows and BT added. But when I reboot, it boots right into windows with no options. Here is my lilo.conf.......

    # LILO configuration file
    # generated by 'liloconfig'
    #
    # Start LILO global section
    lba32 # Allow booting past 1024th cylinder with a recent BIOS
    boot = /dev/hda
    message = /boot/boot_message.txt
    prompt
    timeout = 1200
    # Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
    change-rules
    reset
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
    vga = 773
    # Normal VGA console
    # vga = normal
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
    # vga=791
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
    # vga=790
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
    # vga=773
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
    # vga=788
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
    # vga=787
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
    # vga=771
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
    # vga=785
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
    # vga=784
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
    # vga=769
    # End LILO global section
    # Windows bootable partition config begins
    other = /dev/hda1
    label = Windows
    table = /dev/hda
    # Windows bootable partition config ends
    # Linux bootable partition config begins
    image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/hda2
    label = BackTrack
    read-write
    # Linux bootable partition config ends

    I know something doesnt look right.....Thanks
    I have just installed b|t and am very new to all of this, linux, I'll say that I am a noob. However I had the same issue until I realized that the windows boot config is before the linux one and I believe your config needs to look like this


    # Linux bootable partition config begins
    image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/hda2
    label = BackTrack
    other = /dev/hda1
    label = Windows
    read-write
    # Linux bootable partition config ends

    Edit: I posted this late last night, and I was unable to take the time to fix it for myself, however, I will post what I did as soon as I get home as that I do not want to give the wrong information.

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    Default backtrack 2 beta + XP dual boot

    I have confired that with BT2 beta that you can do the same and it works. But I did the expert config.
    This is what I have:
    XP Pro, BackTrack

    hda1 - XP NTFS
    hda2 - Backtrack ext2

    I installed XP first then BackTrack

    I ran liloconfig, then selected expert, installed on hda1 MBR, then added linux on dev/hda2 and then added windows dev/hda1

    Let it install then ran lilo in shell. Reboot and bam, have XP or BackTrack in lilo menu.
    Both booted fine.


    http://kdomingue.blogspot.com/

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