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    Hi folks,

    I am a completely new user to both linux and Backtrack. While trying to crack my WEP key a few days ago i discovered my network card is not up to the task, so i bought an linksys USB WUSB54GC wireless adapter. I installed the driver on w7 (Which already was a pain in the arse due to incompatibility), but in backtrack it naturally does not work.

    There are 2 things i ask you guys now:
    Where can i find the drivers? (linksys.com only provides w7 drivers)
    Can i install anything on a cd-boot backtrack 4 final? (And if, how?) I suspect that that is not possible is it?

    If it is not possible to install anything on a cd-boot, i will try to use VMware.
    Specs:
    Samsung R719
    Cd boot Backtrack 4 final
    Linksys usb wireless adapter WUSB54GC

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    What did you exactly do to get that card working in BackTrack?
    if you want to install some driver then you need to find out first what chipset is in that card, then you can look for a driver.
    Do not follow any ,,how to,, which get ndiswrapper involved in installation as this is wrong way for you if we take in consideration what you want to use this wifi card for.

    You can install nothing on boot-CD , better you to get an USB stick and perform an installation (BackTrack)on it.

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    I did nothing to get the internal network card working actually. The windows drivers seem to work, or it works with no drivers at all. The chipset fot the adapter is Ralink. I searched for the drivers and found which one to use, but no download link seems available. The only link i found is dead.

    Ill download backtrack for vmware and keep you updated.

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    I'm surprised, the WUSB54GC adapters I have all work fine out of the box with backtrack..

    Unsure if there is a version issue at play, but mine were fabricated in 2008.

    You should really advise what steps you took to check whether the adapter was working or not.

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    Ok, now i simulate backtrack 4 in vmware. My main os is w7 ultimate.

    The driver for the adapter for windows is installed and working.

    Steps i took:
    • I turned off my main network card in windows, so that vmware wouldnt be able to use it either.
    • airmon-ng returned an empty list, as should.
    • I connected the usb adapter, but airmon-ng still returns an empty list.
    • THe device is listed in lsusb though.
    • I downloaded the driver recommended by linux wireless:
      rt73usb - Linux Wireless
    • I now have the .bin file opened in backtrack, but i am unsure of how to install it.


    Please give me some help with that. I think the reason why it doesnt work out of the box is the 3.0 version, or perhaps the fact that backtrack is simulated in vmware instead of running via usb or as main os?

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    man, i am completely confused now.
    You have to clarify what did you exactly do.
    Simply, you should plug the USB card in, open Terminal, then run command ,,iwconfig,, ,to see if the card is recognized.

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    Quote Originally Posted by scottjive View Post
    I have an rt73 card and it works out of the box with BT4, I never installed any driver.

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    Quote Originally Posted by *Raven_Rose* View Post
    man, i am completely confused now.
    You have to clarify what did you exactly do.
    Simply, you should plug the USB card in, open Terminal, then run command ,,iwconfig,, ,to see if the card is recognized.
    @ quote: I plugged the USB card in, opened terminal, ran command iwconfig. No card was recognized. This is why im trying to install a driver.

    Things ive done now:
    Downloaded rt73.bin (the driver)
    command ls returned that rt73.bin was in the current folder.
    tried to install by running command chmod +x rt73.bin
    when i tried to run the file by running command ./rt73.bin it didnt work.
    error is: "Cannot execute binary file"

    How can i get rid of this error?

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    Quote Originally Posted by scottjive View Post
    @ quote: I plugged the USB card in, opened terminal, ran command iwconfig. No card was recognized. This is why im trying to install a driver.
    You may have to "up" your interface. Try "ifconfig -a", and if you see your interface in the output, run "ifconfig <wireless_interface> up".

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    Default Re: Linksys USB WUSB54GC driver problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Snayler View Post
    You may have to "up" your interface. Try "ifconfig -a", and if you see your interface in the output, run "ifconfig <wireless_interface> up".
    Thanks for the reply,

    I ran ifconfig -a
    It returned 2 interfaces, lo and eth0.
    I ran ifconfig <wireless_interface> up for both of them.
    airmon-ng still returns an empty list though.

    Could you explain to me why it gives me the .bin install and run error?
    Last edited by scottjive; 02-27-2010 at 04:50 PM.

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