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lomex 07-29-2006 09:27 AM

Dual Boot Auditor and Backtrack ?
Hi !

i would like to install Backtrack and Auditor to one harddisk and want to choose between those two upon startup.
Could you please tell me in which order I should install those OSes ?
and how to configure the bootloader ?

I made a try and installed Backtrack first - then I installed Auditor - and wrote the bootloader to the MBR.
NOW I can only see "Auditor" in the boot-menu.
could you please help me ? and tell me how to make "Backtrack" also visible in this boot-menu ???


daniela 07-30-2006 08:29 AM

first of all: do you use lilo or grub?

second: did you add backtrack to the boot menu? or

i don't think that the order matters.

however, you make helping quite hard by not telling us the most important things...

gnukish 08-07-2006 09:32 PM

Lomex the order of install doesn't matter afaik.

Grub is the bootloader for Auditor and Lilo for Backtrack.

Just 2 simple steps.

After installing both the distros, try installing either grub or lilo. (In your scenario, you must have overwritten lilo with grub since only auditor shows up for you)

Try editing vi /etc/grub.conf to fit your needs, and all should go well.

Cheers :)

wangberg 04-01-2007 11:46 AM

i'm trying to do something similar...but not quite the same.

1. i want a triple boot system (winxp, FC6, and backtrack 2)
2. i want to use GRUB exclusively
3. GRUB is running from my FC6 partition on my secondary master drive, controlling the other OS's on the primary master drive.

my questions are:

1. do i need grub installed in backtrack in order to use it to boot?
2. where is the kernel in backtrack? better yet, what is the kernel line that i put in the grub.conf to boot backtrack?

it doesn't look like gnukish's solutions really work in my case, as i don't want to reinstall FC6 nor winXP.

thanks in advance.

gnukish 04-03-2007 08:33 AM

Exactly :) They won't work in your case.

You can configure grub to load Backtrack, XP and FC6 from your secondary master using a configuration as shown here (Example only, change the filesystem and partition number ;)


title Fedora Core 6
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2869.fc6 ro root=LABEL=/1 rhgb quiet
initrd /initrd-2.6.18-1.2869.fc6.img

title OpenSuse 10.2
root (hd0,3)
kernel vmlinux- ro root=/dev/sda12
initrd /initrd-

title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd2,0)
chainloader +1
Try tweaking the config a bit before you get the right one. As far as I see, it must go smoothly from here with the timeout around 1200 to 1500 (For around 1 minute and above of ...boot delay time)

Refer the grub manual if you have any other doubts.

Tip: How to configure it on your own without asking here.
1. Open the bootloader config in kwrite (lilo/grub)
2. Use google to search for the boot loader manual
3. Use a pen-drive/floppy/cd-rw or any other removable media to backup your current bootloader config.
4. Play around a bit with your configuration before you get it right (a.k.a Do-It-Yourself method)
5. If something gets screwed up better restore the old conf and start again

Knowing what doesn't work twice or thrice, will let you totally understand it (booting / boot loading concept) for the fourth time and you will do it correctly every other time you want to configure or help someone configure it.

Cheers :)

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