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kristianperryadams 05-22-2010 09:47 AM

Help installing wlan drivers for tp-link WN821N on backtrack 3 vmware
 
heres the problem i dont really know anything about linux..

my mate "polish dave" came round and hooked his laptop to my network 02wireless with WEP enc, using backtrack he had my password within 15mins..
now i want to copy him and see just how easy it is my 'acer aspire one' comes with a built in atheros ar5b95 wireless (useless) that i cant get backtrack to find.. i bought a tplink usb and now i cant get that to show up either.. can anyone help me? and please if you can go very slowly i would much appreciate it :)

-Thanks

brucehinrichs 05-22-2010 01:19 PM

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heres the problem i dont really know anything about linux..
Then you shouldn't start with backtrack. Backtrack is for advanced users. Pick a more user-friendly ditribution from the top ten at http://distrowatch.com/ and learn linux first. Learn to walk before you try to run, or you will just end up extremely frustrated.

I doubt anyone here is going to lead you by the hand for the next year (or more) until you're advanced enough for backtrack, but I guess we'll see. Good luck!

kristianperryadams 05-23-2010 10:52 AM

Ahh now theres the honesty i was looking for.. i have 3 live cds.. ubuntu 6.10 fed core 6 and bt3 i just chose because of the dragon.. same problem with all LOL any link to a good (n00b) tutorial on installing drivers would be great :) have googled but they all seem to be written by geniuses same honesty- am i just being thick?

-Thanks

fruttenboel 05-23-2010 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by kristianperryadams (Post 3978470)
Ahh now theres the honesty i was looking for.. i have 3 live cds.. ubuntu 6.10 fed core 6 and bt3 i just chose because of the dragon.. same problem with all LOL any link to a good (n00b) tutorial on installing drivers would be great :) have googled but they all seem to be written by geniuses same honesty- am i just being thick?

-Thanks

OK. Atheros is the prime Linux supporter. Atheros WLAN chips will ALLWAYS work in Linux.

Try Slackware 12.2. Here http://fruttenboel.verhoeven272.nl/linux/gallium3.html yo0u can read how I got my Atheros based NIC working.

USB WLAN devices and Linux are a BAD combination. Sometimes they work. Most of the times not. But PCMCIA is easy.

brucehinrichs 05-23-2010 11:31 AM

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i have 3 live cds.. ubuntu 6.10 fed core 6 and bt3
All of those are old. Ubuntu's latest version is 10.04, Fedora is 12 (13 soon if not already), and Backtrack now has version 4. My suggestion remains the same: pick a distribution from the top ten at distrowatch, burn a fresh, new version, and try it out.

I think most experienced users have gone through several different distros before settling on one that suits them. I have tried literally dozens before I settled on the ones in my signature, and I still play around installing different ones just because I can (and its fun). :)

While we're not here to hold your hand, if you pick a distro that's fairly user-friendly, and make an honest effort to solve your problem(s) first, we're here to help you along the way. Happy exploring!


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