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    Question Yet another person who cannot get bt3 to install (dual boot w/ xp)

    Hello,

    I have a Gateway CX2610 Tablet PC w/ 80 gb hard drive.
    I have WIndows XP Tablet as my current OS.
    I have used Partition Manager to partition my hard drive as such.
    D: Windows Recovery Disk 5gb
    C: Windows XP Tablet 70gb
    Ext2 5gb

    I have used the Offensive Security Backtrack Hard Drive Installation PDF method as well as trying the GUI installer in KDE.

    This is the result of my bt~mount:
    aufs on / type aufs (rw)
    proc on /proc type proc (rw)
    sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
    /dev/sda2 on /mnt/sda2 type vfat rw,noatime,quiet,umask=0,check=s,shortname=mixed)
    /dev/sda5 on /mnt/sda5 type ext2 (rw,noatime)

    After I follow the PDF up to the point that I write the partition table, this is how my sda5 drive looks:
    Command (m for help): p

    Disk /dev/sda5: 5371 MB, 5371075584 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 652 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda5p1 * 1 7 56196 83 Linux
    /dev/sda5p2 8 70 506047+ 82 Linux swap
    /dev/sda5p3 71 652 4674915 83 Linux

    After I try to write it, this is the error I get:
    Command (m for help): w
    The partition table has been altered!

    Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.

    WARNING: Re-reading the partition table failed with error 22: Invalid argument.
    The kernel still uses the old table.
    The new table will be used at the next reboot.
    Syncing disks.

    I saw on the wiki that having excess drives mounted can cause problems at this stage, so I had unmounted my sda2 and sda5 drives, but was unable to unmount the others as they were in use.

    I still received the same error.

    Using the Built in (not tested) installer, I chose real install on /dev/sda5 with both to write mbr after lilo and without that. It loads all the way through, but does not appear to actually do anything (i.e. still boots windows, /dev/sda5 appears unaffected, et. al.).

    I must say that I am extremely happy w/ BT3 because now my built in wireless works and it can at least FIND my hard drive (which BT2 didn't seem to be able to do).

    Any assistance will be greatly appreciated. I hope it is apparent that I did try to solve this myself w/o bothering anyone, but I have seen no other problems like this.

    Edit: Unfortunately, I will be on vacation for the next two weeks and probably will not have access to the net during that time

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    Wow that looks extremely complicated but it shouldn't be.

    I would have given BT at least 15-20 Gigs to play with, but that's me.

    I don't know what more to say. What PDF file did you follow?
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    This is the PDF file I followed:

    ww.offensive-security.com/documentation/backtrack-hd-install.pdf

    Of course there is an extra 'w' on the front, but I can't post links yet

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    Ok. Did you deviate from that pdf guide in any way.

    I searched that guide and there's no mention of ext2 that you talk of. It mentions ext3 so maybe that's where you're going wrong. Maybe not.

    Did you use Windows to create the ext2 partition?

    Also when you downloaded the BT iso did you verify the md5sum?

    Quote Originally Posted by WyseArse View Post
    I saw on the wiki that having excess drives mounted can cause problems at this stage, so I had unmounted my sda2 and sda5 drives, but was unable to unmount the others as they were in use.
    I'm uncertain what the excess drives are but if they're external hdd, I would unplug them.

    Then I would resize the windows partition and give BT at least another 5 Gigs.
    While you at it. Delete all other partitions except the XP partition of course.
    After resizing the Windows partition, you should now have at least 10 Gigs free space.

    Now boot the BT disk and install Backtrack to the free space using that PDF guide to create the Linux and Swap partition and then do a real install.
    Choose to write the mbr to disk and not to the windows directory.

    Also that pdf guide is for BT2 so maybe that's why you're missing something along the line
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    His problem is defined in the error message. After using fdisk YOU MUST REBOOT in order for your machine to start using the new partition table.
    WARNING: Re-reading the partition table failed with error 22: Invalid argument.
    The kernel still uses the old table.
    The new table will be used at the next reboot.
    Syncing disks.

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    I do reboot and it appears to have had no effect.

    After rebooting my mount still list:

    Command (m for help): p

    Disk /dev/sda5: 5371 MB, 5371075584 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 652 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda5p1 * 1 7 56196 83 Linux
    /dev/sda5p2 8 70 506047+ 82 Linux swap
    /dev/sda5p3 71 652 4674915 83 Linux

    but it still gives me the same error when I try to write it to the hard drive.

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    Ok, now it seems that something has partially worked. Partially, because now when it boots w/o the live cd it goes to lilo w/ bt as the only option. But when it loads bt it gets to where it says 'freeing kernel memory: 366 kb freed' and then it says 'cannot start initial console, kernel panice, try passing init= to kernel' and then freezes up w/ my caps lock button blinking.

    Unfortunately, it still will not take my lilo changes though, tells me it is read only.

    Again, all your assistance is appreciated and further assistance will be welcom always.

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    Reformat and start over. Follow the directions carefully.

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    @ the OP
    It might be best to use the movie from the wiki on dual boot.
    It was made by muts the backtrack dev.
    movie

    There is also a trancript of the movie so you can read and follow along with
    the commands that are being typed.

    It might be best if you can, print those commands out on paper.
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    Failure to do so will probably get your threads deleted or worse.

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    Default easiest way i found

    hey i had this similar problem with a friends laptop when i did his install, best thing i found to do and in this order is use fdisk to create your partitions(reboot after this step if needed), then setup whatever file system you want to use ie... mkreiserfs /dev/whateverthehellyourdrivenameis, then use the GUI installer and DO NOT restore the old boot map or table or whatever you want to call it, then reboot, it should kick directly into BT3 upon reboot, edit /etc/lilo.conf, and then reinstall lilo "lilo -v. after that you should be good to go
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