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    Default USB Wifi not working in VMWare (BackTrack5)

    Okay I am a 100% (complete) newb when it comes to anything linux. I hope that you guys (and girls) can help with this problem I'm having. I have VMWare that I am using to run BackTrack5. I'm trying to use my wifi adapter (USB NETGEAR WNDA3100 V2) to connect, but when i use the command iwconfig it stays "no wireless extensions." On my actual machine I'm running Windows 7, and I checked to make sure the USB is on (in the settings) and the network is on also (in the settings). Please tell me how I can get this thing to work.

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    Default Re: USB Wifi not working in VMWare (BackTrack5)

    Did you click the little thingy on the bottom to connect it to the guest OS? I've been perusing the forums and a lot of people seem to be making that mistake.
    World Domination is such an ugly phrase. I prefer the term World Optimization.

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    i also having same prob i have wireless usb modem i can connect it on win 7 and also able to use in backtrack using bridge connection using vmware but can't able to use in only backtrack any idea?

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    Default Re: USB Wifi not working in VMWare (BackTrack5)

    A quick search of your wireless adapter along with backtrack brought me to this post. Use that link if you're still having trouble with the adapter after following these steps (taken from the first page of the post I linking you to).

    The following devices with the atheros AR9170 chipset need the drivers updated to work correctly with BT4:
    Arcadyan - WN7512
    Atheros - 9170
    Atheros - TG121N
    AMV - FRITZ!WLAN USB Stick N 2.4
    Cace - Airpcap NX
    D-Link - DWA 160A1
    D-Link - DWA 160A2
    IO-Data - WNGDNUS2
    Netgear - WNDA3100
    Netgear - WN111 v2
    Planex - GWUS300
    Sphairon - Homelink 1202
    TP-Link - TL-WN821N v2
    Z-Com - UB81 BG
    Z-Com - UB82 ABG
    Zydas - ZD1221
    Zyxel - NWD271N
    Here is how to update the drivers:

    Download ar9170.fw, ar9170-1.fw, ar9170-2.fw and put them into /lib/firmware

    Download compat-wireless-

    Open a terminal and run:

    tar -xf /root/compat-wireless-
    cd compat-wireless-
    make install
    make unload
    *If you get a "No such file or directory" error when you run make, run this command:

    ln -s /usr/src/linux /lib/modules/
    Open /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist with any text editor and add blacklist arusb_lnx to the list and save the file.


    In the future can you please either search these forums or use google before posting a thread, chances are that your problem has already been solved I don't mean to come off as an asshole but I'm just trying to give you some advice. Let me know if you're still having trouble with the adapter because it could also be a problem with VMWare.

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