I went and d/l the compat-wireless-old tarball to my home folder.
under user $ prompt, extracted it according to the instructions.
Since I had been playing earlier with a wrong file, I did (su prompt) make unload, make uninstall, went into synaptic and uninstalled madwifi, and other things wireless I had no longer installed like a usb realtek wifi etc. reboot.
When I run make, resident in the home/wireless directory, as a user it runs, ends with an error, and during the run it is surprised that it 'found mac80211 in your kernel. when your kernel is not supposed to have them' or words to that effect, (I am not on the CUD (computer under distress)) as I type.
As I mentioned earlier, I ran this:
Since you might be replacing your old mac80211 drivers you should first try to unload all existing mac80211 and related drivers. Note also that broadcom, zydas, and atheros devices have old legacy drivers which you need to be sure are removed first. We provide a mechanism to unload all old and legacy drivers first so you should run to be sure:
sudo make unload
I went on to make install under su, it ran, but ended with error. Result is still that the card shows in PCC, and module loaded shows unknown.
I am running 2.26.8 kernel.