I know, I know...not another noob networking thread. I feel like I have looked through hundreds at this point, spending countless hours ifconfigging and such.

I have made a little progress which I will go over shortly but first let me state my problem and give some information about the output from some bash commands.

I can't seem to get my wireless working or get any sort of connection to the internet.

I am on a HP-pavilion laptop and I previously had ubuntu installed and networking worked perfectly fine.

My wireless card:

Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x /AR542x

Wireless Network adapter (PCI-Express) [168c:001c] (rev 01)
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rfkill list displays:

Code:
0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: no

Hard blocked: no

1: phy0: Wireless LAN

Soft blocked: no

Hard blocked: no
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lshw -C network displays:
Code:
*-network               
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: MCP65 Ethernet
       vendor: nVidia Corporation
       physical id: 6
       bus info: pci@0000:00:06.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: a3
       serial: 00:1b:24:f9:3c:5d
       capacity: 1GB/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=forcedeth driverversion=0.64 latency=0 link=no maxlatency=20 mingnt=1 multicast=yes port=MII
       resources: irq:20 memory:f2487000-f2487fff ioport:30e0(size=8)
  *-network
       description: Wireless interface
       product: AR242x / AR542x Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
       vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: wlan0
       version: 01
       serial: 00:1e:4c:45:b2:42
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath5k driverversion=3.2.6 firmware=N/A latency=0 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
       resources: irq:16 memory:f2000000-f200ffff
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My ifconfig displays:
Code:
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1b:24:f9:3c:5d  
          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)
          Interrupt:20 Base address:0xe000 

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:319 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:319 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:95797 (95.7 KB)  TX bytes:95797 (95.7 KB)

wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:1e:4c:45:b2:42  
          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)
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My dhclient, when run, displays:
Code:
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For info, please visit https://www.isc.org/software/dhcp/

Listening on LPF/eth0/00:1b:24:f9:3c:5d
Sending on   LPF/eth0/00:1b:24:f9:3c:5d
Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:1e:4c:45:b2:42
Sending on   LPF/wlan0/00:1e:4c:45:b2:42
Sending on   Socket/fallback
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 7
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 20
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 8
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 10
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 19
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 11
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 9
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 12
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 15
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 1
No DHCPOFFERS received.
No working leases in persistent database - sleeping.
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Any help would be much appreciated and I can provide any other information necessary. I am new to backtrack and relatively new to bash, although I am proficient
at maneuvering around the file tree via the command line and doing basic file manipulation. I have learned a lot of different things from reading through the forum posts of people who have similar problems to mine.
Unfortunately none of their problems were exact and therefore I have not been able to come to a conclusion. When i first started i was getting a DISABLED next to the second *-network in the output of lshw -C networking command
but i found a post with a command that edited the athk5 and somehow that fixed it. Still no network connections...

Any ideas?


Cheers,

Rossay