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so I've just realized that my built in wireless adapter on my laptop doesn't support monitor modes, and has issues in linux (I have to use ndiswrapper with the windows drivers to get it to work). 

I was wondering if its possible to swap out the built in adapter with an adapter that supports monitor mode, and has better linux support.

I can't find any info on it, and someone told me that its probable.  when I do "lspci" in the bash, it shows this for my card: Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-PCI Card (rev 01) .. emphasis on the mini-PCI card part..

anyone done this?  will I need a card that's supported by HP?

I should also say that my laptop doesn't have PCMCIA, and only express card, and I've only seen one so far, so I'm not sure if its even supported (the d-link dwa-643) .. plus its $134cnd ...

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excellent, since I had a lot of down time at work tonight, I managed to answer my own question.

so here's what I found.. 

after digging and digging, I found the service and maintenence manual for my laptop series.  found out which card type would fit. 

went onto a few online computer shops, and found an intel IPW3945 mini card (which I found out was supported for linux, with monitor modes availible).

turns out its not that hard to change on my lappy after all.  I just wish it didn't take so long to find a service manual from them. 

now once the one arrives, I'm going to void my warranty! ..anyone know of some good wifi laptop hacks for increasing antenna strength haha..

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