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Hey guys so I am running BackTrack4 on a virtual machine (VMWare)

I can use the Internet while using BackTrack but the OS doesn't recognize any wireless cards. I'm not too sure what to do as the internet DOES work on the VM.

I tried iwconfig

lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

when I try ifconfig

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:0c:29:df:51:14  
          inet addr:xxx.xxx.xx.xx  Bcast:xxx.xxx.xx.xxx  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fx8x::x0x:xxff:fexx:xxx/xx Scope:Link
          RX packets:178973 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:124384 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:206897536 (206.8 MB)  TX bytes:64714610 (64.7 MB)
          Interrupt:19 Base address:0x2000 

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
          inet addr:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:5620 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:5620 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
          RX bytes:22153634 (22.1 MB)  TX bytes:22153634 (22.1 MB)

I am using a Dell Laptop with a Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card.

Does anyone know how I can get BackTrack (or any OS on a VM) to pick up the wireless card.

Thanks guys


Edited by poxyexams
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As you should have found by using google, In virtual machinec you can ONLY use usb cards for pacet snifing, you can share internet connection from host to VM, but NOT be able to use arcrack-ng nor kismet with that card.

So you have to boot to bt4, or try bt5, or get a usb wifi device to do packet sniffing.

Also you should check, whether your wifi card uis supported by BT4. You probably are able to join wireless APs, but injection might not work.

Have you started networking on BT4, its not enabled by default.

For backtrack related questions I highly recommend to use backtracks own forums.

Edited by Jarmo
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Is your wireless card detected at all by VMware? Also you should look compatible Linux driver for your wireless Adapter.

Edited by Infiltrator
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As Jarmo said, virtual machines only see USB wireless and wired Ethernet adapters. Internal Wireless cards do not work in virtual machines. If however it was a USB device, you can do a dmesg, then plug it in and do a dmesg again, and check for errors or device ID. Then modprobe the relative ID for that chipset or install the drivers that go with it.

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