alright i think backtrack just doesn't like me. i bought a brand new system76 pangolin performance. and backtrack doesn't play well with that wireless. so then i got an old laptop from my company (dell inspiron b130) i figure it's old enough that all the drivers are mainstream and all will be right with the world

Dell 1470 Internal Wireless 802.11a/b/g

thats the wireless card im using...and backtrack is a no go. the only real help was when i went to type
/etc/init.d/networking start it said something like. no wlan0 or something....soo frustrated >:[