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Do you realize you first start a kismet server instance, then start a client to access it (both can be on the same machine)? Can you explain what you mean by "It opens but there is nothing going on"? If it is cycling through all the channels but nothing else is showing up it may simply mean that there are no WAPs in range.
This is wat i do.
I turn on my laptop with backtrack on cd, in my cd drive, I boot it from there and get that all going. I then open up kismet and it does not do anything. I am in range of a few AP's so I dont know wats going on