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    Default Upgrading of Backtrack Failed

    When I was using backtrack, a screen popped up saying that there is an upgrade to kubuntu (inside backtrack) 12.10. I accepted it.

    Subsequently, the OS became Kubuntu 12.10 generic pae instead of Ubuntu 8. something as it originally was.

    Now even ever I startup, it will lead me to a GUI screen and ask me to log in.
    The login screen is here: http://apcmag.com/images/kde-loggingon_625.jpg
    PROBLEM: 1) I have no user account in backtrack so I cannot log in.
    2) The GUI will prompt me that I cannot log in as root.

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    Default Re: Upgrading of Backtrack Failed

    Boot in recovery mode or from livecd/usb, chroot in your backtrack installation and add a user. Or just reinstall from fresh. It would be easier.

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    Question Re: Upgrading of Backtrack Failed

    Quote Originally Posted by schizodroid View Post
    Boot in recovery mode or from livecd/usb, chroot in your backtrack installation and add a user. Or just reinstall from fresh. It would be easier.
    I had the same problem. Damn ubuntu update :)

    I tried creating a new username as you suggested. My computer is still f:ed up, as I cant get to my BT environment.

    If I reinstall BT5R2, will I lose my installed programs?

    I don't want to reinstall everything again... Is there any way to just have my BT start as it used to before the "upgrade" from hell...

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    Default Re: Upgrading of Backtrack Failed

    You will lose the programs that you, personally, have installed, but not the ones that came pre-installed in BackTrack 5. Btw, R3 is out, and includes 60 new tools and lots of bug fixes.

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    Default Re: Upgrading of Backtrack Failed

    Quote Originally Posted by stepking2 View Post
    You will lose the programs that you, personally, have installed, but not the ones that came pre-installed in BackTrack 5. Btw, R3 is out, and includes 60 new tools and lots of bug fixes.

    Thanks for replying!

    That's what I thought, but I guess I just have to accept it. It's dangerous to update ubuntu...

    If I reinstall, should I install a boot loader, or can I uncheck that (advanced options, step 8 of installation)?

    I'm a bit afraid it will destroy my boot menu...

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    Default Re: Upgrading of Backtrack Failed

    You can disable notification of distribution upgrades in your package manager (I used KPackageKit).

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    Default Re: Upgrading of Backtrack Failed

    Quote Originally Posted by ilovebt View Post
    Thanks for replying!

    That's what I thought, but I guess I just have to accept it. It's dangerous to update ubuntu...

    If I reinstall, should I install a boot loader, or can I uncheck that (advanced options, step 8 of installation)?

    I'm a bit afraid it will destroy my boot menu...
    It depends. Is your bootloader currently on a separate partition? If so, then don't install one. However, if your bootloader is currently being provided by backtrack, then reinstalling Backtrack will wipe it anyway, so you'd need to install it. Does this make sense?
    If not, how is your machine set up? dual booting with another linux distro?...

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