Installing Backtrack3 to hard drive

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Here I’ll explain how to install BackTrack3 to your hard drive, using GRUB, and keep the bootsplash since I didn’t find the proper How-to for this… I will assume you already use linux and have some distribution installed on your computer. Please read everything first, and then continue with your installation.

First of all, download and burn the backtrack image to a CD, and then reboot to your live CD.
Login as root and download the installer which I found somewhere on the web, and then start it…
(If the installer opens in your browser and shows just a bunch of code, make a new file and name it BT3.kmdr an c/p the code into that file and then run the file)

You’ll get this window:
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There are a few things that need setting up:
Source (BackTrack CD) – leave this as it is.
Install BackTrack toput a name of the partition you want to use for BackTrack installation.
Write new MBR (lilo.mbr) to – also leave this as it is.
Installation methodset to “Real”.
I use GRUB instead of LILO, so I had to check “Restore Original MBR after lilo”.

After the installation has finished, boot to your main distribution and edit GRUB
Add the following lines to your GRUB:

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Title BackTrack3 KDE
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 ro autoexecxconf;kmd
initrd /boot/splashinitrd
boot

If you wish to login to console instead of KDE, use the following:

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Title BackTrack3 console
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz vga=791 ro
boot

Keep in mind that root (hd0,5) will probably be different for you since we almost sure don’t have the same partition order.

If you liked the fancy bootsplash from the live cd, you’ll have to make it work for your installation first.
If you used the GRUB options for KDE, when the GRUB boots, navigate to “BackTrack3 KDE” and pres “e” to temporarily edit the GRUB only for this one session so you can enable the bootsplash. Then delete the initrd line with “d”, and also edit (with “e” again) the kernel line to look like showed in “BackTrack3 console”.
After that, boot to BackTrack and run the following command in your terminal as root:

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splash -s -f /etc/bootsplash/themes/Linux/config/bootsplash-1024x768.cfg >> /boot/splash.initrd

and reboot.

There you go, you’re ready to use BackTrack3.