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Hello all, I have been having an odd issue with backtrack for a long time now and I have been unable to come to no conclusion. First of all here is the current configuration I have.

Acer Aspire One (ZA3) running Backtrack 5 r2 with KDE window system. With an Atheros AR2425 wireless card.

The problem I am having is that it is almost like the card wont enter monitor mode intermittently. For example, recently I have been testing reaver on my home network. Sometimes when I bring it up, it works just fine. Others, it gets stuck on one PIN and will not go any further (time out). I know, my router does not block the use of PINS after a set amount of failed attempts, because when it does work, I can leave it for hours with no problem. Though when I try and resume, I get this issue..... But only sometimes.

I know it is a problem with backtrack and not my hardware because whenever it happens I am unable to connect to my network legitamently either. Or any other network for that case. I get the error in WICD "unable to optain IP address". After a couple of reboots and a few bad words, it works just fine again.

I thought it could be in relation to the common problem of backtrack not communicating with the D-Bus, but I fixed that issue. (http://www.backtrack-linux.org/wiki/index.php/Basic_Usage#WICD_Network_Manager) though that came to no avail.

Please if anyone has ever experienced this sort of problem or knows where I can look to find the answer, any help would be appreciated. I know it sounds like an odd problem and I probably didn't clarify it very well. But it is almost 4AM and my head hurts so this is the best I can do haha B)

EDIT: Also, thought I should make mention of this, after playing around with it. Sometimes when I set reaver with interface mon0 it tells me it is waiting for a beacon frame from the associated MAC. Though when I start airodump-ng I see the beacon rate going crazy. Sometimes it sits like that, other times it'll tell me it is switching mon0 to channel 1 (channel the router is on) about 10 times before spamming me telling me that it cannot associate the MAC with the ESSID.

Once again, thanks in advance!

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Ok. So I tried inputting "wicd stop" and "/etc/init.d/networking stop" and same issue. When I turned off the networking service I got a lot of errors. Same thing when I type "service networking stop" I'll post them when I get home. I am on my phone right now.


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Ok so I feel dumb. I should of probably done some more research before posting. Apparently all of my issues are with reaver alone, and are all addressed on reaver's google code page.

Reaver does not like being used in conjunction with a spoofed MAC, and after a quick reset of my AP. It works fine. Also, it would of probably helped if I had an updated version of Backtrack. (apt-get update/upgrade) :lol:

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