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Old 10-18-2010, 12:18 PM   #1
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Unhappy Backtrack 4 & Windows 7 Boot issue


Hi,

New to this and regretably dumb. I got a new laptop with Windows 7. I installed Ubuntu, with a dual boot functionality and worked great. I was recommended Backtrack 4 and I installed it in the system. Now, I try to use the dual boot with Backtrack, Ubuntu and Windows 7 and only Backtrack works. I tried the restore disks that I created when I got the laptop, but the problem persists. HELP!!! Is there a way to delete this Backtrack from the system and go back to Windows 7? Thanks
 
Old 10-18-2010, 12:23 PM   #2
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You can boot with Ubuntu LiveCD and restore grub2: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...tallingWindows

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Old 10-20-2010, 01:33 PM   #3
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fbobraga,

Thanks for the info, but I already have the latest GRUB installed (according to the system). I did a live cd run of Ubuntu 10.10 to see the settings and it states that the lastest version of GRUB is running. Any other options? How do I totally get rid of BT4?

Thanks
 
Old 10-20-2010, 11:22 PM   #4
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If you installed Backtrack and it is now the only system that boots, it is a pretty good indication that it installed its bootloader to the master boot record. Does Backtrack use Grub2? If you were to delete the Backtrack partition in this case, you would not be able to boot anything because most of the Grub files are on the Backtrack partition.

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I tried the restore disks that I created when I got the laptop
Are you referring to the windows 7 Recovery Disk? That should have worked to boot windows. Did you have a Recovery partition for windows? Did you install anything over it?

What do you have in the Backtrack /boot/grub directory? Does it have a menu.lst file or grub.cfg?
 
Old 10-21-2010, 08:47 AM   #5
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[QUOTE=yancek;4134285]If you installed Backtrack and it is now the only system that boots, it is a pretty good indication that it installed its bootloader to the master boot record. Does Backtrack use Grub2?
YES
If you were to delete the Backtrack partition in this case, you would not be able to boot anything because most of the Grub files are on the Backtrack partition.



Are you referring to the windows 7 Recovery Disk? That should have worked to boot windows. Did you have a Recovery partition for windows?
I'm not sure how to check that.
Did you install anything over it? I don't think so, when I installed backtrack I only gave it 4 gigs of my 500 gig HD.

What do you have in the Backtrack /boot/grub directory?
Does it have a menu.lst file or grub.cfg? menu.lst file

Thanks for any help you can provide.
 
Old 10-21-2010, 10:35 AM   #6
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It would help if you could post your partition information. If you are still able to boot Backtrack, do that. Open a terminal and log in as root user by typing "su -" (without quotes), hit the enter key and you will be prompted for root password. Enter the password, hit the enter key and type: fdisk -l(Lower case Letter L in the command) and this should show your partition information. Post it here. While in the terminal, run the command ls -l /boot/grub/; look to see if you have a menu.lst file or a grub.cfg file and post info here.
 
Old 10-21-2010, 10:45 AM   #7
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you can use http://www.supergrubdisk.org/super-grub2-disk/ to fix things (only 1.4MB)
 
Old 10-21-2010, 10:49 AM   #8
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... I was recommended Backtrack 4 ...
Who the hell recommended a such a distro to you? You thought it will make you some kinda cool hacker?

Do a clean win install.
 
  


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