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Thread: Help With BackTrack Dual Boot with Vista

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    Default Help With BackTrack Dual Boot with Vista


    I have looked all throughout this forum and along with looking through Google for answers to this questions. The problem that I can't seem to find a solution for is when I go through the tutorial to dual boot, everything goes piece of cake until the very last step. When changing the lilo.conf file I copy the tutorial exactly but when I go to run lilo -v, I get a "Fatal: First sector of /dev/sda1 doesn't have a recognizable boot." Hopefully, someone can help me out with this, I'm running on a T61 Lenovo, Vista Ultimate OS, trying to use Backtrack 2. BTW, the Backtrack portion is found but then when lilo trys to find windows, thats when the error occurs.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    Member Primey's Avatar
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    maybe this works for you, in any case, it's the same procedure that you use to Dual Boot with XP, if you're still having problems, posting your lilo conf would help in these cases
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    Default Lilo conf

    Thanks for the quick response, my lilo conf is

    boot = /dev/sda
    #compact # faster
    timeout = 300
    vga = 791

    #Linux start
    image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/sda4
    label = BT2

    other = /dev/sda1
    label = Windows
    table = /dev/sda

    Now i tried re mounting my /boot/ from a previous post on the forum, and apparently this doesn't help because now I get a
    /proc/partitions' does not exist, disk scan bypasses
    Fatal: creat /boot/map~: No such file or directory"

    fdisk shows the partitions in order and correct System

    All help is GREATLY appreciated, I'm new to Linux but am avid to get rid of Windows.


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    Default Mounting Error

    When I use the command 'mount' the output is

    tmpfs on / type tmpfs (rw)
    proc on / proc type proc (rw)
    sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
    usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw,devgid=10,devmode=0666)
    /dev/sda4 on /mnt/sda4 type reiserfs (rw,noatime)
    /dev/sda2 on /mnt/backtrack/boot type ext2 (rw)

    when I try command "chroot /mnt/backtrack/ /bin/bash/"

    output is:
    chroot: cannot run command '/bin/bash/' : No such file or directory

    Hope this can help someone in aiding my failed attempt at dual booting my laptop.


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    Well guess what, you don't have a sda1.

    Basically you have given yourself the answer to your question.
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    Default Proc/Partitions

    When using fdisk my sda1 shows up normally, correct system, correct size. When I used qtparted it shows up but not as a windows system, it shows as a unknown active? Any ideas?

    When i try to run qtparted now I get an error that says "cannot find /proc/partitions" I want to just blow away the partitions and load just backtrack and say Debian? Whats the easiest way to go about doing that

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    Default More Info

    Sorry about the last post, I looked up the fstab info, should have in the first place. My fstab now reads

    /dev/sda1 / vfat defaults 1 0
    /dev/sda2 /mnt/backtrack/boot ext2 defaults 1 2
    /dev/sda3 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/sda4 /mnt/backtrack reiserfs defaults 1 1
    /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom auto noauto,owner,ro 0 0

    devpts /dev/pts devpts gid=5, mode=791 0 0
    proc /proc proc defaults 0 0

    now when i test booting up the /dev/sda2, it seems to be working now,

    it says *added linux
    but when i do this to the windows partition I get an error, I haven't yet run " Lilo -v" I wont want to write to the MBR. Hope this can help someone in figuring out what mistake I have made

    Much appreciated

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