I tried the above fix. folowed the instructions to a "T." It did not work.
Then, I remembered tht I had a different Wireless card for this laptop. I bought the laptop in my pre-PCLinuxOS days. The developer was trying to get the Broadcom card to work with his distro. When it didn't work, he sent me a new card. For some reason, that card didn't work either.
well, I kept the card. I pulled it out and swapped it for the Broadcom card.
It's an Atheros card, it works, and I'm wireless as I type this!!:)
So, I guess things are okay. not sure if Need to re-install certain files or not. Maybe run a different kernel?
Next step is restoring my KDE desktop from the previous install.