Thursday, November 10, 2011

Logging in to BackTrack

Once the installation of BackTrack is done, the default username and password required to log in are root / toor.
NOTE: You will not be able to see the password as you type it.

Starting a GUI Environment

After you are logged in you can start the GUI Environment by issuing the startx command.

X wont start!

In rare occasions (such as after a VMware tools install, or when using unsupported Video cards), X will refuse to start. If that happens you have several options you can try in order to fix the issue:
  • Reconfiguring the X server package, you can reset (and often fix) Xorg configurations with the following command:
root@bt:~# dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg
  • If you are using Backtrack 5 on x64 with KDE you should try the following:
root@bt:~# rm /root/.kde/cache-*

NOTE: Sometimes you may need to also remove the cache folders in /var/tmp by issuing the following command:
root@bt:~# rm -rf /var/tmp/kdecache-*

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