First off, I am a complete and total newb to the world of linu, so much so I downloaded the VM image instead of the ISO version of BT5R1. Now I've been poking around on the internet for a week or two trying to resolve this on my own but have not found anything--or much at all--that sheds some light on this issue. I have found scant little that it did work in BT4R2.

I've had the Alfa AWUS036NEH USB ( This ) dongle for a while now just because of the spectacular range and ability to tx/rx through walls and several hundred feet to the nearby AP's. Anyway when I start airodump-ng mon0 after starting airmon-ng wlan0 I get nothing. No AP's show at all and I know there are at least 12 visible and seven within usable range.

Here's the relevant info outputs (airmon-ng was running during capture):

iwconfig
Code:
root@bt:~# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:off/any  
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:on
          
mon0      IEEE 802.11bgn  Mode:Monitor  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Tx-Power=20 dBm   
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:on
ifconfig
Code:
root@bt:~# ifconfig
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0c:29:f0:c5:c4  
          inet addr:192.168.120.128  Bcast:192.168.120.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::20c:29ff:fef0:c5c4/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:208 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:82 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:22830 (22.8 KB)  TX bytes:8120 (8.1 KB)
          Interrupt:19 Base address:0x2024 

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:326 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:326 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:50713 (50.7 KB)  TX bytes:50713 (50.7 KB)

mon0      Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-11-22-33-44-55-30-30-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00  
          UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING PROMISC ALLMULTI  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:22:33:44:55  
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

root@bt:~#
airmon-ng (after fresh boot)

Code:
root@bt:~# airmon-ng start wlan0


Found 2 processes that could cause trouble.
If airodump-ng, aireplay-ng or airtun-ng stops working after
a short period of time, you may want to kill (some of) them!

PID	Name
745	dhclient3
882	dhclient3
Process with PID 854 (ifup) is running on interface wlan0
Process with PID 882 (dhclient3) is running on interface wlan0


Interface	Chipset		Driver

wlan0		Ralink RT2870/3070	rt2800usb - [phy0]
				(monitor mode enabled on mon0)
and the bottom 10 lines of dmesg

Code:
[    6.467226] cfg80211: Updating information on frequency 2484 MHz for a 20 MHz width channel with regulatory rule:
[    6.467231] cfg80211: 2474000 KHz - 2494000 KHz @  KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
[    6.635938] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel_ht'
[    6.636948] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy0::radio
[    6.637101] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy0::assoc
[    6.637216] Registered led device: rt2800usb-phy0::quality
[    6.638735] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt2800usb
[    9.186678] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
[   16.000348] eth0: no IPv6 routers present
[  298.010247] device mon0 entered promiscuous mode
Any ideas?

Thanks!