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    Default Installing DualBoot - BackTrack and WinXP with 5 Primary Partitions

    Hey everyone, I was browsing the current help/tutorial files here and none of them solved my problems, so I had to do it myself. I encountered a LOT of "Missing or Corrupt hal.dll", Black screen with blinking white cursor on the upper left hand corner with no error code and also an error when I loaded Back|Track from boot I got a GRUB prompt.

    This guide below went through all the major Grub/Win/Dual errors with success. This guide will get ANYONE running Back|Track and XP with 5 partitions. Someone on this forum called 'Dude' said I cant have 5 partitions, BUT I DO and IT WORKS!

    Another thing, this forum is in php and like most forums the layout of a text dump gets a rearranged structure and this guide is really LONG, but works and ITS VERY EASY [even though it took me 5 days to figure everything out you can do this is in a few hours]. I originally uploaded THE TUTORIAL on my gopher site because the computer I run at the moment finds modern software a real bitch and I have to use Lynx, bboard, com, pine and gopher as means of communication.

    Here is the URL for the Tutorial/Guide:

    http://gopher.floodgap.com/gopher/gw...rack+and+WinXP

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    This is a good guide to using the windows bootloader to bring up the grub bootloader which in turn loads Back|Track. Interesting solution you've come up with here.
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    Thanks hobbes for your compliment, it's much appreciated

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    Hi The_Denv

    Thank you, this is probably exactly what I'm looking for! I have a full disk encryption program (drive crypt plus pack) for my C: and winXP. This has to be opened on boot in the MBR.

    Anyway, I'm a total N00b and I did my best to follow your guide, and I didn't get it to work yet. There are some parts I have difficulties with, hopefully you will find the time to bring me some light.

    So number 1. would be this part:

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    $ grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/sda7 /dev/sda7

    Add the folloing text and save (CTRL+X >> Press 'Y' >> Hit 'ENTER'
    Then exit it, it might show some wierd error like: Uknown dir or
    something...just continue to exit.

    timeout=4
    title Slax
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz max_loop=255 root=/dev/sda7 vga=791 rw

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    When I read further in the guide I get a nano command that looks a bit similar to this situation? Could there be one line missing in the guide here?



    Number 2.

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    $ dd if=/dev/sda7 of=/mnt/sda5/backtrack.mbr bs=512 count=1

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    my fat32 is a different size, I guess I should change th bs=512 to bs= 42235 in my case (42 gig) and "count=1" I just leave as it is (cos I dont know better). Could this be correct?



    Number 3.

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    $ nano /mnt/hda4/boot/grub/menu.lst

    I then added this text:


    timeout=4
    title Slax
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz max_loop=255 root=/dev/sda7 vga=normal rw

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    I'm confused here cos I don't know how to replace your hda4, is that your swap disk?


    I think if I had more info on these three Q's my chances are better to get it running.

    Looking forward to this, thanks a lot, again!

    All the best,

    Carl

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    <snip>
    Quote Originally Posted by nordland
    Hi The_Denv

    Thank you, this is probably exactly what I'm looking for! I have a full disk encryption program (drive crypt plus pack) for my C: and winXP. This has to be opened on boot in the MBR...
    Yeh man, I got your email and I modified my tutorial. Thanks for spotting the flaws in it. I didnt get someone else to overview and spellcheck/grammar check it plus I always enjoy a toke when Im on my computer so I do make a few mistakes now and again.

    Anyway, cheers for spotting that out. The problem is now solved, fixed and re-published on the same URL as I primarily posted.

    Good Luck!

    EDIT: Sorry, I just looked at the date that you posted this. Sorry about the time I have been busy.

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    I had to bump it becaus eof my mates finding it hard to find it here]

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    What is the purpose of your 512MB FAT32 data partition?

    I'm hoping for a few tips along a similar line: I've already got a dual boot system with Win XP Pro & Ubuntu. I'm already using GRUB (it was installed by Ubuntu). I've got about 15GB unallocated on the end of my disk right now, that I'd like to use for a BT3B install. I have done a manual partition in VMWare to install BT3B, so I imagine this will be similar.

    So, I'm thinking: the basic steps will be, create a new extended partition, toss an ext3 partition for the bt3b install and a swap partition in it.
    In the VMWare tutorial, I used the built in installer to install BT3B. I can probably use the same method here, no?
    Then I'll just need to edit the GRUB configuration file to point to the new BT3B installation, right?

    And, similar to the tutorial here, I'll just need to add the lines:
    timeout=4
    title Slax
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz max_loop=255 root=/dev/sdaX vga=791 rw

    ... am I missing anything? Or wrong?

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    I used the link that Pureh@te mentioned:

    http://backtrack.offensive-security....nd_BackTrack_3

    And I am Now Triple Booting XP Pro, Ubuntu 8.04, and BT3 beta... I am very pleased with
    the install, and later when I try more projects on this site, i'll have the same base system as them.

    Its simple, I am simple, it works for me.

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    Thanks for the link, it was exactly what I needed (and thank you to whom ever wrote it). Works beautifully now.

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