Try booting into linux with the USB adaptor attached.
Then type 'iwconfig' from the command line #
it may list the wireless adaptor in there as eth1/2 or wlan0 or rausb0 etc...
If it is not listed then you may need to instll the driver and associated firmware and make sure that the generic 802.11 stack is included in your kernel..
I have a PCMCIA card (prism2 chipset) and it got autodetected and lists as 'wlan0'
i also have a IPW2200 (intel wireless) built in card which lists as 'eth1' <-- i had to manually instll this however'.
I also have a DWL-122 (Dlink USB Dongle) - i had to install the drivers for this too - this lists as 'rausb0'
Have a look at: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=225795