So, I may have something to offer here. But first I do not run VMWare, but instead use the LiveCDof BT most times. My laptop is also very old (circa 2006) but this should do the job...
The drivers I use to power my Intel 2200 chipset are from: http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/
Use the latest version. Unpack them, place all the *.fw files into your BT5 in /lib/firmware and once you do that try:I can only say what worked for me.Code:modprobe -r ipw2200 modprobe ipw2200 airmon-ng start eth1 airodump-ng -w cap eth1
Hope this helps.