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Help with enabling USB connected wifi device with BackTrack 5 R3

Link to this post 14 Dec 13

I decided to use my second computer as my designated Backtrack 5 R3 computer, but unfortunately it's in the basement and is unable to get a wired connection.
I have been using a USB WiFi adaptor for the computer for the past two years, and it works fine on Windows but not Backtrack.
Please note that I am not running BackTrack 5 R3 on a VM, it is installed alongside my other operating system(s)...
Anyhow, I put in the disc for my WiFi adaptor and installed the software for it, but it won't run the program(I wasn't too surprised by this), so I can't enter my network details to connect to the internet the way I normally would.

I am still new to Linux, so how should I go about this problem?

Any and all help appreciated.
Thanks!

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