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    How To Install wireless driver on Backtrack3 by Vmware

    Hello, I am totally new to linux, but pretty computer literate, so if someone could help me out I would appreciate it, thanks.

    I have installed backtrack 3 on vmware workstation. I would like to install a TP-link TL-WN650G wireless card(atheros based - AR5005GS) onBacktrack because that it supports packet injection. Backtrack doesn't automatically recognize the device so I need to install the driver, I have done some research and found I needed to install the driver 'madwifi-old'(ieee80211 version) from here..
    madwifi [Aircrack-ng] - Trac

    However I have no idea how to install them from inside backtrack, so if someone knows please let me know.
    tryed 'lsmod |grep ath_pci', 'modprobe ath_pci' but nothing happened and didn't work.

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    The instructions are on the first link that you posted:
    ifconfig ath0 down
    rmmod wlan_wep ath_rate_sample ath_rate_onoe ath_pci wlan ath_hal 2>/dev/null
    find /lib/modules -name 'ath*'  -exec rm -v {} \; 2>/dev/null
    find /lib/modules -name 'wlan*' -exec rm -v {} \; 2>/dev/null
    svn checkout madwifi-old
    cd madwifi-old
    patch -Np1 -i ../madwifi-old-r1417.patch
    make KERNELPATH=/usr/src/linux-<insert version>
    make install KERNELPATH=/usr/src/linux-<insert version>
    depmod -ae
    modprobe ath_pci
    Enter each line in a terminal, one at a time.
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    Just Joined! JosipBroz's Avatar
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    IIRC, VMware uses paravirtualized device drivers. So the original backtrack 3 driver won't do, you'll need a VMware-specific driver for your card -- which I bet doesn't exist and never will.

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    Oh, thanks. I forgot about the fact that he is running it virtually.

    Something like backtrack should be run live. Since it is used to examine a network, you would want to be connected to the network that you are testing.
    Last edited by waterhead; 12-20-2008 at 02:36 AM.
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    Just Joined! mhanan's Avatar
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    If you have the windows driver for the card (.inf file) you could try ndiswrapper.

    Copy it to your root directory, open up a terminal window and cd to root.

    ndiswrapper -i driver.inf
    depmod -a
    modprobe ndiswrapper

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