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Vmware does not see an external usb device, wifi, drives, ect…

So recently I build all new machines. I specifically build a machine with tons of resources for all of my virtual machines. So naturally the first operating system I install in Vmware is Backtrack 5 R3 Gnome. I was excited to begin pentesting on my newly allocated machine. I wanted to start with a basic WiFi cracking test, to see how the machine handled the resources provided. I attached the USB WiFi card and realized that I could easily use it in windows, however when attempting to add it to the virtual machine, Vmware was not even recognizing it. I searched all over, and only found forum post and simple tech docs from Vmware explaining how to drop down the “VM” menu and select the device from the removable devices. Nothing mentioned how to added the device if Vmware was not even seeing it.

After a minute of refection on how I setup the Vm I remembered that it provided an option to use USB 3.0 devices, which I had selected. I removed the device from my USB 3.0 ports and moved it back to a regular USB 2.0 port and Vmware immediately found the device and attached it to the VM.

If you perform a simple search from google you will find that this a known issue that is “not yet fixed”

Google Search

Vmware Article / Tech docs

VmWare Technical Support Documentation

Their “Solution” more like work around is to use a USB 2.0 or 1.1 port.

My system Setup (if you would like to compare for troubleshooting issues)

OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Manufacturer System manufacturer
System Model System Product Name
System Type x64-based PC
Processor AMD A8-3870 APU with Radeon(tm) HD Graphics, 3000 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = “6.1.7601.17514”
Installed Physical Memory (RAM) 32.0 GB
Total Physical Memory 16.0 GB
Available Physical Memory 12.4 GB
Total Virtual Memory 32.0 GB
Available Virtual Memory 27.9 GB
Page File Space 16.0 GB

Vmware Workstation 9 completely up to date.

I will keep everyone posted as I know more.

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