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Old 05-30-2008, 04:40 AM   #1
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installation of linux with grub


guyz i m thinking to try out a new distro backtrack which is based on slackware.. the prob is i hv fedora nd xp dualboot Pentium M laptop wid grub as the bootloader.....nd backtrack uses lilo... wen i run the live cd nd den click to install backtrack... the system hangs up or shows complete nd then hangs up however nothing happens...

This is the partitioning on ma hard disk


[root@laptop ~]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 60.0 GB, 60011642880 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7296 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 1824 14651248+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 1825 7296 43953840 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 1825 3192 10988428+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 4561 7296 21976888+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7 3193 3323 1052226 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda8 3324 4560 9936171 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order
[root@laptop ~]#





Now the problem is how do i install backtrack throgh grub... i mean i have heard dat you can even perform installation wid grub if u have the installation cd images smwhere on ur hard disk..... can any1 provide me a tutorial for it????????????????
 
Old 05-30-2008, 04:56 AM   #2
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altho in linux you are free to do anything within the law....are you sure you want to install this type of distro?

AFAIK its not meant to be used as a production or home distro but as live cd or usb for forensics.

to answer your question....choose a distro....if you can not find grub....allow lilo to install to the so called root...which means NOT to the mbr...and then use a normal live cd to re-install grub into the linux partition and mbr.

its in my signature if you are interested.
 
Old 05-30-2008, 04:59 AM   #3
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ps...not every live cd has the grub files in the same folder structure so let us know what you have and we can point you to the right folder.

or if you like commands you can find them eg

Code:
su
find / -name grub
eg of output....follows for a mandriva
/lib/grub
/boot/grub
/sbin/grub
its the /library folder where you find the backups
 
Old 05-30-2008, 11:28 AM   #4
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buddy i m totally a newbie i n linux so couldn't figure out anything in ur tutorial... plz be specific wat you want me to do??????

btw the output of the command u told me is



# find / -name grub
/home/vikas/Documents/grub
/home/bryan/Documents/Documents/grub
/sbin/grub
/boot/grub
/usr/lib/python2.5/site-packages/grub
/usr/share/grub
/etc/sysconfig/grub

Last edited by alice_neo; 05-30-2008 at 11:42 AM. Reason: incomplete information posted
 
Old 05-30-2008, 07:37 PM   #5
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well thanks for the feedback.....can you be more specific about what confused you in the tutorial....or were you lost from the beginning?

2) The find function and its results....I was giving you a tool to find grub's stage files.....the same ones currently in /boot/grub that.....if you install lilo and the distro does not have a grub package......you need a live cd.....to copy files onto your hard drive after installing lilo....and then issue a command to install grub.

3) I do not want you to do anything....I am questioning you as to why you are trying to install a distro not meant to be a hard drive install....you make the decisions not me....I make decisions on what I install...you make yours ok?

4) I do not believe you are a total newbie....sorry....but you have installed fedora 7.....but if you meant that as a general comment....pls do not be offended if I comment on some posts I have seen....there appears to be a trend that you are installing old distro versions.....did you know that fedora is version 9? mandrake is now mandriva 2008.1? I am not sure which version of suse you tried

so if you are not offended with general advice for your consideration, can I suggest you download, if you have the time and bandwith, a recent live cd, meaning one that is just out, I do not want to recommend which one as that means I have to ask 20 questions and you may undecided which environment such as kde ...gnome...or windowmanager you prefer because you have only tried a few?

have a look if you have not already at

www.distrowatch.com

they have reviews....links to docs....links to forums for the distro...(=distrubution)

on the right hand edge...you may find the popularity list (I agree it can be distorted) but it gives a good trend.

I am truly shocked my distro....mandriva...is so low down the list....heh heh


5) to get back to theme....can you reveal why you prefer backtrack?

6) can you say what you liked about the distros you tried so far?

7) is the reason for trying old distros because they are off old magazines and you do not have the money or time etc to download recent ones?

thank you for your patience with me.
 
Old 05-30-2008, 08:03 PM   #6
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here are some tests you take to choose distros if you like

http://polishlinux.org/choose/quiz/

http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/index.php

http://desktoplinuxathome.com/distro.html

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the trouble with all of those tests are that they have a limited database of what THEY think should be in the database.

I am joking but you may get replies like....you only need ubuntu. (no offence to ubuntu users I could have used mandriva but my bias shines thru)
 
Old 06-16-2008, 11:36 AM   #7
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yup u r right... i hv been using linux since last 3yrs....i tried wid mandrake 10.1 i received d cds wid Ma laptop..... since i learnt linux all by myself wid d help of sm books... nd this community..... bt i cdnt find anybuks that can gv me any knowhow abt reading or manipulating configuration (.conf) files .... sorry i was suffering frm chickenpox so cd nt reply to u earlier... nd btw it was last june i.e june 2007 wen i last formatted ma entire harddisk at dat tym fedora 7 was the latest... nd since i m a comp.engg. student so i dont lyk formatting ma system coz each tym i loose sm important files wen i do so........and since ma field of intrest is network security so i wanted to try dat out..... as ma bios doesnt support usb booting so i cannot even try it wid a usbstick or smthing.... the live cd works damn slow... so i wanted to install backtrack on ma hard disk
 
  


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