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I have always wanted to try out Linux. And I found out that I could run BT4 from a USB device without say goodby to WinXP. I started it up and enterd the startx command that send me to the interface. But I couldent find out how to connect to my wifi. I have tried about a hundred posts, videos, turtials etc. but it seems like BT4 can find my wificard.
If you want to try out Linux, I'd strongly suggest trying something like Linux Mint or Ubuntu rather than Backtrack. Backtrack is most definitely NOT for Linux beginners, and the kind of problem you're facing is easily solved in Mint or Ubuntu. In fact they will guide you through how to get your wireless running.
I just want to run Linux from a usb-memory and couldnt see ubuntu or mint having that option. is that correct?
No, you can run pretty much any Linux distro from a USB stick. Check out unetbootin which has a large number of distros you can download to a USB stick and you can use it to load your own iso files if you want to try a distro they don't support. Again, Backtrack is not meant for beginners, so you're probably doing yourself a disservice by pursuing this.