I have backtrack 4 installed inside a VMware workstation and am trying to put my network card into monitor mode. Can this be done?

Does this instead need to be installed on a separate partition or will that have any effect? This OS was installed as an Other type so I can't install Vmware tools. Can this be installed as Ubuntu or something else?

I tried grepping -i for broadcom and bcm when I run a dmesg and found nothing.

On windows my card is called Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card which indicates it is a Broadcom BCM4310.

It says this is unsupported here:

Is there any linux command I can run to check the model of this network card?