Nobody has any ideas?
yep - the Alfa is a nice USB wireless device for Backtrack ... but not inside a VM.
I had limited success with it using backtrack but only on hosts that never had the alfa drivers installed.
We discussed the problem here maybe 2 years ago and had similar problems.
Some users also reported that the device was unstable when used inside a VM
Sorry for bad news - I stopped using the Alfa a year ago - because of that problems - and never tried with Workstation later than 7
Thanks for the insight.
I won't waste anymore time then...
I'll just run a multi-OS system instead of using vmware!
yep - to make full use of Backtrack it really should be used natively
I am using an ALFA USB WiFi device Model: AWUS036H successfully in this configuration (Windows 7 x64 Host, VMware Workstation 8). My BT5 R2 Guest is able to successfully take control of the USB WiFi adapter.
However, I never installed any additional ALFA software in my Windows 7 Host. Only plugged it in, let Windows install whatever it needed, and the connected it to the Guest. I do not use this USB WiFi adapter from my Host at all.
I have since upgraded to VMware Workstation 9. I also notice that BT5 R3 was released earlier this month. Let me test and see if this configuration still works for me...
I can also confirm it working (several months ago), although not perfectly. My setup was version H, Windows 7 x64 and WS8. I did not install any driver or software for the device on the host.
This issue may be hardware specific. OP do you have an Asus G75 laptop?
I am using the same Alfa adaptor with the current version of VMWare workstation on Windows 7 64-bit and I am getting the same error about the device being in use when I attempt to connect it to the VM. This is on an Asus G75 laptop which has USB 3.0 ports.
Now, the same exact set-up on my iMac works perfectly. In Windows 7 64-bit, with the current edition of VMWare, the device connects properly.
This is an error with VMWare I would like to get fixed. I assume it has to do with the USB 3.0 ports.