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i have hp pavilion 15 with RT3290 802.11bgn WIFI-ADAPTER in my laptop there is a shotcut key to turn on(white light)/off(orange light) wifi which works perfectly on windows.

i installed backtrack 5 r3 on usb drive to use it as a live usb, but while booting in bt5 i cannot use my wifi as its not turning on. The indicator is constantly showing orange light(as it is switched off). Due to this airmon-ng shows nothing like wlan0().

please tell me how to switch on my wifi in backtrack as soon as possible.

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marked as duplicate by Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007, Shekhar, Simon Sheehan, nc4pk, Moses Nov 2 '13 at 16:10

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did you ensure that Backtrack has drivers for your WiFi card included/installed? – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 31 '13 at 18:42
how to know that? – Shubham pokhriyal Oct 31 '13 at 18:45
hope this will help.. anyways thanks – Shubham pokhriyal Oct 31 '13 at 18:49
that solution is for intel wifi adapters, he has a Ralink chipset. – almonte Oct 31 '13 at 18:51
@almonte do you have any solution?? – Shubham pokhriyal Oct 31 '13 at 18:57
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These commands will allow you to download, compile and install the latest version of the driver. Since these are backports, they work on any Linux kernel.

 sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-generic
 tar xvfz backports-20131018.tar.gz
 cd backports-20131018
 make defconfig-wifi
 sudo make install
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so i have to just copy paste these commands on terminal – Shubham pokhriyal Oct 31 '13 at 19:23
Yes. Plus, since I forgot you are on BT, you do not need the "sudo". – MariusMatutiae Oct 31 '13 at 19:24
what if i download the file on windows from the link given in command? – Shubham pokhriyal Nov 1 '13 at 3:35
its only of 12MB. – Shubham pokhriyal Nov 1 '13 at 3:35
You may very well download it to Windows, no problem. Then you will have to move it to BT. Try doing it through a shared folder. And yes, it 13M, you are right. Trust me, it's enough. :-) – MariusMatutiae Nov 1 '13 at 4:52

When the drivers arent pre-installed in the systems library (aka compatible), it is very complex to explain how to install the drivers for your specific wireless card..

See these:

Like I said, theres a lot of instructions that go into something like this.. sorry.

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Ok here, try this.. worked for that guy: RALINKBACKTRACK – almonte Oct 31 '13 at 18:59

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