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Old 04-07-2009, 01:51 AM   #1
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help with backtrack3 and ophcrack

If I boot either ophcrack or backtrack3, my computer locks up and the scroll lock and num lock keys on my keyboard sit there and flash endlessly until I reboot my machine.

I'm booting a live install off a usb thumb drive through grub.

I have puppy and DSL on it too, and those boot / work just fine.

Any ideas? I've tried booting it in a virtual machine but got the same outcome (minus the flashing keyboard lights)

The last few lines before it freeze read (in the boot sequence that shows a bunch of txt)

The first line (sexy-python), there are dozens of lines just like it but with different .lzm files. They all have either i686 or i486 in them somewhere.
-> /modules/sexy-python-0.1.9-i686-4as.lzm
copying content of rootcopy directory
copying liblinuxlive library to union
creating /etc/fstab
chaning root directory...
linux live end, starting the linux distibution
usage: init 0123456SsQqAaBbCcUu
Old 04-07-2009, 02:32 AM   #2
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Have you tried any switches at the end of the boot line for either distro?

For example linux noapic noacpi no=apic no=acpi
Old 04-07-2009, 02:35 AM   #3
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Nope. What is that suppose to do?

My menu entrys are as follows

title Backtrack3
kernel /bt3/vmlinuz
initrd /bt3/initrd.gz

title OPHcrack
kernel /ophcrack/vmlinuz
initrd /ophcrack/initrd.gz


I got backtrack 3 to load using the following menu.lst entry. I'll try something similar with oph crack.

title BackTrack
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=6666 root=/dev/ram0 rw
autoexec=xconf;kdm APPEND vga=0x317
initrd /boot/initrd.gz
And if I change it to whats below - I get a graphical boot (there is a background image). Can someone explain to me why and what the difference is? it works? As well, can someone give me a quick rundown on the ramdisk size? Say I'm using a system that has 512 ram....or maybe even 768 ram, what would be the ideal ramdisk size?

title BackTrack
root (hd0,0)
kernel /bt3/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=6666 vga=791 root=/dev/ram0 rw
autoexec=xconf;kdm APPEND
initrd /bt3/initrd.g

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