Heh, that's OK Joble, it seemed to be the reply to something I wasn't reading, however, I also thought perhaps you were being clever in a convoluted sort of way...You know, back in the day when women were 'taken care of'.
Anyway, to change the approach a bit, how about we go through the network setup. Maybe I'm missing something really simple. Here's what I'm doing:
I'm logged in as root.
I open 'configure your computer' -> 'setup new network interface' -> wireless -> select the first option, WLAN0 Atheros Communications Inc, etc
At the next screen under 'Please select your network', I've only got one option: Unlisted - edit manually
On the next screen I've got to deal with the following list of settings (I've listed all the options after the colon):
Operating mode: Ad-hoc, Managed, Master, Repeater, Secondary, Auto (it defaults to Managed)
Network name (ESSID): Here I insert the SSID given to me by my ISP, from whom I bought the router.
Encryption mode: none, Open WEP, Restricted WEP, WPA/WPA2 Enterprise, WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key
This last defaults to Open WEP, however, my ISP gave me a password, so I first tried Restricted WEP, then WPA/WPA2 pre-shared key. Although I have since then tried all of the options.
Next screen: Automatic IP or Manual, I choose auto.
Next screen: IP settings, I check 'Get DNS servers from DHCP'
Next screen, I don't change anything, leaving 'start the connection at boot' and 'enable traffic accounting' checked
Last screen? That's the one that asks if you want to start the connection, to which I always respond, YES! And...it never does.
So, am I doing something wrong here? Like I said, it worked right off the bat when I booted into Windows...(and please don't misconstrue that as some kind of plug for Windows -- there's a reason why I wiped them off my system....Overall, their OS is truly insulting to those who like knowing at least a little of what goes on on 'under the hood'...)