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deleted08 07-28-2006 07:34 PM

hi all,

this is my first post

i have been wanting to move to linux for some time, and the only thing that is holding me back is
1. i can't find drivers for my wireless network card
2. i don't know linux too well at all

so here goes

i have found backtrack linux which runs the correct drivers for my wireless network card, but my wireless network has WEP encryption and i know the key as i helped make it, i can't use the cracking tools provided in backtrack, as i will be the only user using this wireless network.

how can i let linux know the encryption key for my wireless network?

and also, do you recommend installing backtrack linux to my hard-drive as i am correctly choosing a linux distribution to use


btmiller 07-29-2006 01:20 PM

What kind of wireless card do you have? If BackTrack supports it then a driver is available and with a varying amount of work you should be able to get it to work with any other distribution. Do you know what the driver is called? You can do an lsmod from BackTrack while the card is working and look for something that looks like the right driver. Then a bit of Googling should provide you with some more info or you can post here for help and experiences.

I don't know anything about BackTrack but usually the WEP key is just an argument to iwconfig, e.g.:

iwconfig mycard0 essid whatever key <WEP key goes here>

Most distros have some sort of GUI config tool so you don't have to do this on the command line.

deleted08 07-29-2006 01:52 PM

hi thanx for the reply

i have a D-Link DWL-G630 AirPlus wireless card, but it is working fine in BackTrack so i don't think i will change the drivers unless i start to have problems, and what command do i type in the shell to assign a key for my encrypted network?

would you install it if you were me? i am considering this version on the basis of it can run my wireless


btmiller 07-29-2006 02:08 PM

The iwconfig command is what you'd type into the shell -- replace the junk with your actual wireless card name, ESSID, and WEP key.

I'm afraid I know nothing of BackTrack so I can't advise there, but you may have more luck getting help if you go with a more well-known distro such as SuSE, Fedora, or Ubuntu. You can try the Ubuntu live CD and see if it detects your card. I used some of the older D-Link cards and things mostly worked. The real question is not the card itself but the wireless chipset on it -- if you do an lspci you should be able to find that info.

erhard_m05 12-14-2006 06:41 PM


I don't know how to install Vmware tools on Backtrack 2.0
I'm a newbie in linux ( i installed backtrack two weeks ago. than was the 1st time i used linux)
Can anyone describe how to install Vmware tools? 10x

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