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Old 03-29-2012, 10:37 AM   #1
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Having trouble making BackTrack recognize my usb wireless dongle ;)


Hello guys,

I'm having problems making BackTrack recognize my usb wireless dongle.

ifconfig/iwconfig show no wireless interfaces configured.

I've checked KInfocenter and the dongle is listed there (under USB devices), meaning the system has recognized it, but is not listing it as active adapter (because it's most likely missing the drivers for it).

There are drivers available from the vendor, but the .zip archive contains a file with no extension, so it's up to me to guess how exactly can it be configured and installed on linux.

Can you please point me to the right direction on how I can do that? Thanks: ).
 
Old 03-29-2012, 04:03 PM   #2
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Hi, welcome to LQ!

With the information presented? No. =o)

What's the make/model?
What does lsusb tell you about it?



Cheers,
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Old 03-29-2012, 04:26 PM   #3
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The right direction is to stop using backtrack. It will just get you into trouble. Put on a common user distro and enjoy.
 
Old 03-30-2012, 02:57 AM   #4
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Tinkster, hello, thank you, sir!

Airlive WN-300USB/Ralink driver is being used on windows
The driver download for linux is available here - http://www.airlive.com/support/suppo...D1229388413908
The file has no extension, I have no idea how to configure it on Linux.

lsusb has the device listed, see the attached screenshot.

jefro, what would change if I would be using another linux distribution?
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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Backtrack is for experts to use in a very specialized environment. Every kid thinks they can load it and hack into a neighbors wireless. The distro lets you easily do illegal things if you are smart enough to get it to work.

If you want to try linux, try a common disto. They have much better support for hardware and software. Pick one of the top choices at www.distrowatch.com. Any of them would be better for you to learn on.
 
Old 03-31-2012, 01:13 AM   #6
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for most usb dongles to work, you need to install a package called usb_modeswitch. Once installed, your dongle will show up as a modem and you can connect it via networkmanager
 
  


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