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A while back, i bought an Advent 4211 - Basically a re-branded MSI Wind.

Its portable, and powerful enough for what I'll use it for, so i thought i'd play with it a bit :)

First thing first, i threw ubuntu on there, installed from USB, and found the on-board wifi card was crap and diddnt support monitor mode.

What would you do?

Zactly... I bought a new wireless card twas a Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG, cost about £11 ($20ish)

Pretty straightforward installation, but ill put pix up for people anyways (Mobile phone quality)...

Ok, take out the battery, and undo the screws. On some models, one of the screws is hidden beneath a label, on mine it wasnt, but your looking to take out 9 screws in total (3 on left, 3 along top, 2 in middle, and 1 on bottom right corner) assuming the lappy is orientated as in the following pic.


now the cover is off, you can see all the gubbins within. The wireless card is on the right, next to the Hard Drive. there is a single screw holding it in on the bottom left corner of the card. Note that if you want to remove the HDD, you must remove this screw/card to find another screw underneath. it should pop up slightly, so pull it out


Here is the old wireless card, with the black n grey/white wires attached to it. unplug the wires...


and plug 'em into the new card, in this case the Intel Pro Wireless 3945ABG, there is useful arrows indicating where the appropriate colour wire goes. Handy :)


Pop it in the hole that the old one came out of, now it might be a bit of a squeeze with the cables for the antenna etc, because of the positioning of the connectors on the card, but with some creative cable-stuffing it'll fit snugly.. just make sure no cable is spilling over into the battery compartment, cos you dont wanna accidently cut it when replacing the cover!


Pop the cover back on, 9 screws, Done.

flip her over, turn her on! ;)

Make sure the wireless is on (fn+f11), and well.. Ubuntu has automatic drivers for it :)


Theyre going to be changed for the ipwraw or madwifi drivers to solve some "monitor mode" issues.

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Now, i was in IRC a little while ago, and people were talking about how to make their la Fon inconspicuous (sic).

now my mind works a bit differently.

If i see a fellow walking down the street with an eyemask, stripey jumper and a bag marked SHWAG, i'd immediatly think "Woah a student dressed as a robber!" wouldnt cross my mind that he was an ACTUAL robber, because of the sheer blatent-ness of it.

My lappy with a new wireless card, needed a box.. something low-key that I could senakily examine network vulneribilities.

So i bought a box from my local army surplus store


Cut up some padding...(Oh.. i also sprayed the lappy bright yellow... so's not to be TOO noticable)


and installed BT3 :)


Alls i gotta do now, is get the touchpad workingin BT3, then put the lefon in the box aswell :)

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Ok, Mini update!

Installed BackTrack 4 beta off an SD Card.

for people who dont know.. this is how i did it:

-Download BT4-Beta.iso

-Open in Poweriso or winrar or something

-Copy the boot and BT4 folders onto the SD card

-Pour a rum and coke as this takes about 3 mins

-On the SD Card open the boot folder and run the installer.bat file, this makes the SD card bootable

- pop the card into the onboard slot on the Advent 4211 and boot (or MSI wind)

-Spam the f11 key and select "generic multi-card"

-start up as normal while sipping rum (Cpt. Morgans, chosen by moonlit) :) No need for a special VESA mode like BT3!

the mouse wasnt working or the wifi card, but alt-f2 opens the run dialog, and konsole.. well guess what that does!

i plugged into the ethernet and

apt-get update

mouse works!

/etc/init.d/networking start


Making sure the wireless is enabled on the hardware... fn-f11!

Got signal, and everything, cant connect to websites at the mo.. #hak5 reckon it might be DNS issues. Me n Capt. Morgan will work it out!

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