Having trouble using backtrack

Hi im new here and new on Backtrack

I was wondering if you guys could help me on getting my wireless driver get to work.
My Wireless driver is a Atheros AR9485WB-EG Wireless Network Adapter.
ive tried installing the compat wireless driver but im getting this kind of error “WARNING: Symbol version dump /usr/src/linux-source-3.2.6/Module.symvers is missing; modules will have no dependencies and modversions.”

I hope you can help me. Thanks in advance

Did you use the correct version of compat-wireless ?

What kernel do you have? … can you post the output from:

uname -a


lspci -vnn | grep -i net


and do you have the kernel headers installed … whatever they’re called in Backtrack

uname -a
Linux bt 3.2.6 #1 SMP Fri Feb 17 10:34:20 EST 2012 x68_64 GNU/Linux
00:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller [8086:100e] (rev 02)
Yes i believe that im using the correct compat wireless driver on my backtrack i installed backtrack on Virtual box.
It doesnt show my wireless card here…
Yeah i think that i have installed it with “apt-get update”

OK, as lspci didn’t seem to find your network adapter, can you post the output from:



sudo lshw -C network


lsmod | grep ath

root@bt:~# lsusb
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 80ee:0021 VirtualBox USB Tablet
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
root@bt:~# sudo lshw -C network
description: Ethernet interface
product: 82540EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
vendor: Intel Corporation
physical id: 3
bus info: pci@0000:00:03.0
logical name: eth0
version: 02
serial: 08:00:27:e4:54:d7
size: 1GB/s
capacity: 1GB/s
width: 32 bits
clock: 66MHz
capabilities: pm pcix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000 driverversion=7.3.21-k8-NAPI duplex=full firmware=N/A ip= latency=64 link=yes mingnt=255 multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=1GB/s
resources: irq:19 memory:f0000000-f001ffff ioport:d010(size=8)
root@bt:~# lsmod | grep ath

OK, that’s not finding the wireless hardware at all.

Is it switched on ? … possibly via a hardware switch or in the BIOS.