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    Default Backtrack won't boot on compatible laptop

    Hello-

    Kept researching for an answer, but couldn't seem to find one.

    I am using a IBM Thinkpad T43. I burned a copy of BT4r2 with ImgBurn (with the Verify check on, which passed). And tried to boot. I saw the screen which asks me which type of BackTrack I would like to boot to (Forensics, etc.).

    However, as it started loading, a few seconds in a get a SquashFS error saying "failed to read block", then dumping me to a BusyBox Shell. Assuming it was a bad burn, I checked the ISO MD5 Sum, which passed and I burned another copy, which gave the same error.

    The solutions I have found from other forum posts said to run "acpi=off" (which isnt recognized as a command after hitting tab from the screen mentioned earlier, but does seem to be accepted from the BusyBox shell). The only other solution is to see if Ubuntu 9.04 live disc will boot. I have an Ubuntu disc I had mailed to me from them, and it booted perfectly.

    I'm not quite sure what steps to try next, but this seems to be a common error as there are many posts on the subject with no definitive answer. Is it possible this is a bug?

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    Default Re: Backtrack won't boot on compatible laptop

    Backtrack != Ubuntu

    Please remember that.
    Also regarding your problem, I suggest you run it in a virtual environment, that should work.

    Also here is how you turn off ACPI: http://www.backtrack-linux.org/forum...rack-4-r2.html
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    Default Re: Backtrack won't boot on compatible laptop

    THats odd i have been running backtrack on my t42 since bt1! Have you tried to boot it from a usb? try a live usb install with unetbootin and return here with the result



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    Default Re: Backtrack won't boot on compatible laptop

    Tried it under VMWare Player, I saw the same error. This surprised me, as the MD5 Sum on the ISO is right ( its 9a94caa0e980a7331e9abc1d4c42c9a9 for BT4r2).

    I'll go find a USB and see if that works. Thanks for all your help and congrats on your 1300 posts.

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    Default Re: Backtrack won't boot on compatible laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by ahjohnston25 View Post
    Tried it under VMWare Player, I saw the same error. This surprised me, as the MD5 Sum on the ISO is right ( its 9a94caa0e980a7331e9abc1d4c42c9a9 for BT4r2).

    I'll go find a USB and see if that works. Thanks for all your help and congrats on your 1300 posts.
    Don't use the iso in the VMware, we also have a VMware image of Backtrack, just download that extract it, import it into VMware/VBox and you're good to go.

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