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    Default booting BT3b from grub

    I have a debian system. I wish to install BT3 on it's own partition. I wish to use the livecd for the install as it is a bit more frugal on space. I have copied the contents of the iso to it's own partition (800mb). I have copied the kernel and the initrd to the boot partition on my debian install.

    debian is on partition 1
    BT is on partition 2

    i have added an entry to grub:

    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root =/dev/sda2
    initrd /boot/initrd

    when i try to boot BT it loads all of the .lzm modules then gets to:

    linux live end, starting the linux distribution
    useage: init 012345SsQq

    where have i gone wrong here? What entry must i put in grub to make it boot BT?

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    First of all, can you boot from the cd without problems.

    If so then we can take it from there.

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    this is from my /boot/grub/menu.lst

    title BackTrack3b (on /dev/hda2)
    root (hd0,1)
    kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro vga = 769
    savedefault
    boot

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    Could you list all of the contects from your menu.lst please?

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    At first... Hi all!
    i have the same problem when booting up from my multiboot usbstick...bt3b boots up normally till:
    linux live end, starting the Linux distribution
    Usage: init 0123456SsQqAaBbCcUu

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    Default Same

    Also same problem
    Usage: init 0123456SsQqAaBbCcUu

    Has anyone fixed this?

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    This is an odd problem. I've been using the larger usb version on a 1.5 GB partition and not having that problem. Is everyone with the error using an iso adapted to USB? I'm using a "kernel" and "initrd" line copied from the syslinux.cfg file -- longer than in the posts above.
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    I've both tried the ISO (700Mb) and the USB (950Mb) one both with the same result. Holyiosef, could you post your menu.lst file?

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    Same issue here. FAT32 file system, grub installed because the MacBook can boot from that using refit. I just installed grub by running the grub-install command. What I get when I boot is a grub console. I put in the following commands:

    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 rootdelay=10
    initrd /initrd.gz


    I can't see what's wrong here. I can boot from the BT3 CD just fine. I can also boot if I run the BT3 script to make the USB stick bootable, but just on my PCs, not on the Mac, so I wish grub would work for me.

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