I have messed around with Linux before but still consider myself kinda noobish at it.
I recently found the distribution of Backtrack 2 linux which has lots of network tools, sniffers, etc. and wanted to see how secure my network is by hacking it myself and Backtrack has all the tools I need.
anyway, I found that my laptop has just about the worst wireless card I could possibly have gotten for Linux. Its a Broadcom 4311 chipset (Dell 1390 wifi adapter). I found that they are all idiots and refuse to release drivers or source code to make their products compatible with Linux. The only way to get it to work is by using ndiswrapper (wonderful, genius tool). But by using that, you lose the ability to go into 'monitor mode' to use their Network cracking tools. (note: I'm not an evil hacker guy and stuff, you can do this in any Linux and even Windows, its just harder. I pay for internet and am using this for security reasons).
So I didn't want to use ndiswrapper. I later found that there was a group of Russians or someone that reverse engineered Broadcom's drivers to make it work in Linux. And it is now integrated into Kernels above v2.6 or something. http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/
I was way excited that it could actually work, but have no clue how to get the drivers to work with my live cd of backtrack 2. I got ndiswrapper to work, but this is a whole different thing.
They supposedly included the bcm43xx module into the kernel, but I can't find it. All the tutorials Ive seen require you to use that module.
You're supposed to get real drivers and use the bcm43xx-fwcutter tool to cut out the important part of the windows drivers or something. It then writes a bunch of files to my /lib/firmware directory that are supposed to be what the bcm43xx module runs off of.
Since the bcm43xx module is supposedly built into the kernel (i have the latest Kernel), It Should work. Do I need to reload something after I do that that will reload the hardware with the new drivers or something?
Remember, I'm still sorta new at Linux so I dont really know what I'm doing too much. I could be totally wrong in everything as far as I know. I just did lots of research before I posted.
I know its a long, hard post and is sort of an isolated problem, but any ideas would help.
Just thought, maybe this should be in the networking forum.... But this also could answer some questions about backtrack its self, use of modules, drivers, etc. Oh well
Edited by nforce, 17 February 2007 - 01:26 AM.