BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME GRUB

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BackTrack 5 is a Linux distribution designed for penetration testers and other security professionals, or those who want to mess with all the best security and penetration testing applications the free software community has to offer.

BackTrack 5 R2 is the latest edition, officially released March 1 (2012). You have the option of downloading a GNOME 2 or KDE ISO installation image for 32- or 64-bit architectures. I have already written several articles using a 32-bit installation image of the KDE edition. Because the installers of the GNOME and KDE editions are slightly different, this article shows how to install the GNOME edition standalone. A future article will show to dual-boot it with Windows 7.

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So, to start, download a suitable image from here. Burn it to a CD and boot the computer from it. The boot menu is shown here. By default, it should boot into a live desktop at the command line.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Boot

To boot into a graphical desktop, type startx, then press the Enter or Return key on the keyboard.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Startx

Once in the graphical live desktop, click on the Install BackTrack icon on the desktop. This edition is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, so if you still remember what the installer of that edition of Ubuntu looks like, you should be in familiar territory. The installation process is a simple, point-and-click, 7-step process. The fourth step, shown here, is the disk partitioning step. If your objective is to install it standalone on the computer, select the option shown in the image, and click Forward.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Installer

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By default, the boot loader is installed in the Master Boot Record (MBR) of the hard drive. Just be sure to verify that.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME GRUB

After the installation has completed successfully, rebooting will drop you to a command line login prompt. Type the username root, the type toor for the password. Note the case. You will be logged in to a command line environment. Type startx to start the graphical desktop. Once you are logged in, be sure to change the default password. To do that, launch a shell terminal and type sudo password. Then type you new password, twice.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Root Login

This just shows what the desktop looks like. Happy hacking.
BackTrack 5 R2 GNOME Desktop


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  1. my pc had windows 7 installed but it crashed for unknwon reason . as i was in a hurry , i had to install linux mint as a single os .. later i realized that i can’t log tom my partitions which were previously created by windows 7. when i try to reinstall windows 7 or any other version of windows i have a message saying i have to format my hard which became one raw partition

    1. So you managed to delete Windows 7 when you installed Mint on the same HDD. That install of Windows 7 is gone. Now you’re trying to reinstall Windows 7. That means deleting Mint, which is OK, provided that’s what you want to do.

      So use the Windows 7 install CD to reformat the HDD and reinstall. Afterwards, you can install Mint alongside it in a dual-boot fashion. Easy as pie.

  2. Installing 17.1 to dual boot on a Win7 EFI pc on getting to the no ‘This computer currently has no detected operating system’ when selecting the ‘Something else’ screen I am then met with a table showing dev/sda as having 160041MB of free space. The drive is formatted with a 75 GB partition containing W7 and a 70 GB partition empty which I intend to use, there is approximately 5 GB of unallocated space. My other drives sdb and sdc show the partitions correctly.

    When booting using the f12 boot manager I select the EFI dvd drive as the option to boot from, this is actually the first, so default, option with an ATAPI option for the same drive at the bottom. I have previously got to this stage with the intended 70GB partition as unallocated with the exact same outcome.

    I have made repeated attempts with the intended partition left as both unallocated space and a FAT32 partition, all with the same result. Going past this and creating partition will, to my mind, corrupt my Windows installation.

    Having only 4 SATA headers on the board, and using all for 3 drives and a disk drive I don’t really want to use the option of installing an operating system of either of my two data drive (sdb & sdc) as they are used for specific storage.

    My problem is where do I go next?

  3. I looked at a number of websites purporting to explain how to do dual boot.
    Although this was the least detailed, it was also the simplest and clearest to apply.
    And it worked without a hitch.

  4. Hi , I have an Gigabyte board GA-990FXA-UD3,which i installed win.8.1 , I decided i didn’t like 8.1 so i wiped my hard drive clean and tried to install Linux Mint 17.3.( this board does not have the secure or fast boot in Bios.) every time i try and install Linux from a disk i get this message AHCI usb detection failed. i lose the keyboard,mouse and my WIFI, also, i have no working usb ports and have no way of installing mint! Any solution to my dilemma? (Oh BTW i have changed my bios to Legacy w/no results.)

    1. I have a box that I built using a Gigabyte GA-Z68MA (Intel processors) that works just fine, though I have occasional issues with the USB ports.

      Have you checked there’s an AHCI in the BIOS/UEFI settings that needs to be enabled? That might be a cause.

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