Wow!!!! I'm running PCLinuxOS KDE 2012.12 Live CD and the system immediately saw the TP-Link! I connected and I'm online! Outstanding!
Now, I'll have to do is grab a spare drive, format and install the current version.
this spare sytem is a rack system. i have two slos. One for the main hard drive and one for storage. I have a couple fo drive sI can reformat to use. I have PCLinuxOS KDE 3.5 one one drive with Freespie on the second partition. I'm thinkig of wiping this completely and installing PCLinuxoS to it. it's 250 gigs. i figure 100 gis for / and the remainder for /home.
However, I have a second drive with multiple partitions that I'm checking out right now. problem is, all distros do not come up in grub. I installed a rather fly-by-night distro that rewrote grub and my boot menu no longer lists all distros. I'd like to take a look at what's on this drive. Is there way to get a grub menu to see all these distros and list them? am I looking at /boot/grub?