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The Dell card is a Broadcom chipset. You'll need either ndiswrapper which does not support monitor or bcm43xx, which does. The site for Backtrack mentions Broadcom support. I'm assuming they're using the bcm43xx for that.
Can't comment on the Linksys without knowing the chipset or model number.
The driver was loaded but the interface has not been configured yet. I am not familar with backtrack and so do not what tools are included. The console command iwconfig is used to configure the wireless interface. In addition you can use the iwlist command to see additional information not displayed by iwconfig.
The command ifconfig -a will display all interfaces.