There's something about this element of uncertainty that is drawing me towards it like a moth to the flame, which is totally out of character for me. It's cool, though, because for the first time I'm actually interested in getting my hands a *little* bit dirty in an effort to learn more about my computer and gain more control over it.
I think my next plan of attack is to burn a live cd of the 4.0 (can't remember which wierd women's name is attached to it. What's the deal with that?). I'm thinking maybe the latest version will accommadate my wireless, but if not, I'll continue to ask questions and search the net for clues.
I've read an awful lot about ndiswrapper and am curious how to run it if need be. It seems that all of the linux forums I've browsed (even the newbie areas) assume the end user to have some basic knowledge, which of course I have none of. They simply say "use ndiswrapper" or "run ndiswrapper" which leaves me asking, "how?"