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Old 03-19-2012, 11:01 PM   #1
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Question Triple Booting XP/Backtrack5/Ubuntu11.10 steps


I'd like to have XP/Backtrack5/Ubuntu11.10 on my HDD. Can anyone tell me the exact steps I have to take to do that? I spent hours finding solutions and google it everywhere says different things. I got confused. All I know that I have something to edit in grub. Please give me step by step instructions. I'm new to this
additional info: XP and Ubuntu 11.10 is already installed and running.
 
Old 03-20-2012, 07:56 AM   #2
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Install xp first or install everything after xp is installed because it can't recognize linux operating systems
hope this link will help
http://www.backtrack-linux.org/tutor...-boot-install/
 
Old 03-20-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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Install xp first or install everything after xp is installed because it can't recognize linux operating systems
hope this link will help
http://www.backtrack-linux.org/tutor...-boot-install/
XP and Ubuntu 11.10 I'm already using installed running. I want to attach Backtrack 5 to these two OS and boot Ubuntu 11.10 as default.
 
Old 03-20-2012, 11:34 AM   #4
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You need to ensure that you do not install Backtrack to a partition already in use by windows or Ubuntu. You haven't posted any partition information so we can't give you any more detail. If you have free space or an unused partition, you can use that. Or you can post your current partition information and someone should be able to advise you.

The first option, since you want Ubuntu as your primary system, is to install the Backtrack bootloader to its root partition. You should have an option during the installation to do this by selecting an Advanced or Expert option during the installation. If you install the Backtrack bootloader to its root/system partition, you should then be able to boot Ubuntu and run sudo update-grub from a Terminal and get an entry for Backtrack in its menu.

You can install the Backtrack bootloader to the master boot record, after it is installed and running you should have options to select windows and Ubuntu on its boot menu if it uses Grub2. I've never used Backtrack so I don't know which bootloader it uses. This would be something you would need to determine first. It it uses Grub Legacy, you will need to manually create an entry in the /boot/grub/menu.lst file after install.
 
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Old 03-20-2012, 06:54 PM   #5
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My partition information:
Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000001

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 63 268414019 134206978+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb2 268414020 385674458 58630219+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sdb3 385675262 625141759 119733249 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 385675264 616755199 115539968 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 616757248 625141759 4192256 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sdb5 109G 64G 40G 62% /
udev 1.9G 4.0K 1.9G 1% /dev
tmpfs 793M 904K 792M 1% /run
none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none 2.0G 868K 2.0G 1% /run/shm
/dev/sdb1 128G 71G 58G 56% /media/841CFE521CFE3F2C
/dev/sdb2 56G 41G 16G 74% /media/HDD_2

  • -I can free up like 30 GB free space. in /dev/sdb1 /media/841CFE521CFE3F2C partition which is Windows.
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    "If you install the Backtrack bootloader to its root/system partition, you should then be able to boot Ubuntu and run sudo update-grub from a Terminal and get an entry for Backtrack in its menu
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    When I'm in Backtrack terminal How do I get an entry in its menu?
 
Old 03-20-2012, 09:55 PM   #6
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There is no reason for installing Backtrack. You have no use for it. So just install windows then install ubuntu.
 
Old 03-20-2012, 11:17 PM   #7
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Wink learning process

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There is no reason for installing Backtrack. You have no use for it. So just install windows then install ubuntu.
How do you know I have no use for it? It's not a distro I want to try but it's a tool for my self-teaching course I'm taking .
 
Old 03-20-2012, 11:19 PM   #8
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When I'm in Backtrack terminal How do I get an entry in its menu?
What I was saying is that after running sudo update-grub in Ubuntu, you should then have an entry for Backtrack in the UBUNTU boot menu. You won't need to put an entry in the Backtrack Grub menu.
 
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:38 AM   #9
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Ok I simply followed instalation steps and changed GRUB for booting. It's working now, Thanky everyone
 
  


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