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    Default Can't boot Backtrack from old laptop.

    I just recently installed backtrack 5r1 to my desktop via USB, I orignaly planned to use an old laptop for backtrack alone, but I can't seem to get the USB to boot on it.

    My laptop is an Acer Travlemate c310.

    The USB is formatted as FAT because I couldn't get it to boot up on either my laptop or desktop as fat32.

    I'll plug it in and hit the boot-select hot-key when the bios pops up -> then select removable, and it just boots up windows

    instead of off my USB. Any thoughts?

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    Default Re: Can't boot Backtrack from old laptop.

    Try booting on another machine, if that works that means there's something wrong with your laptop. If it doesn't work I suggest you followed the Wiki guides to make that USB.
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    Default Re: Can't boot Backtrack from old laptop.

    I have an old acer travelmate and it doesn't support booting from USB. But since we have different models, yours might support it. Anyway, there's an alternative way to install BT5 into your HDD. Follow one of this tutorials:
    Guide: Installing BT4 to HDD using VirtualBox
    HowTo: Install BT4 Dual Boot using VMWare Workstation

    P.S.: The guides were written for BT4 and I haven't had the time nor patience to update them for BT5, but it should be relatively easy to adapt. Any question about the guides, PM me.

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    Default Re: Can't boot Backtrack from old laptop.

    thx guys, love backtrack. Seems its a hardware issue, spilled wine on my laptop several months ago and never properly cleaned it.

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