Just an update for anyone trying this.
I was able to get everything working!
Followed a post from 'coffeetime' http://www.pclinuxos.com/forum/index.php/topic,56672.0.html
and that helped.
What I did was to find the .inf driver from the install disk and copied to my desktop.
Went into Control Center as 'superuser' to set up wifi connection, used ndiswrapper and pointed it to the file on the desktop.
Also went into Synaptic Package Manager and checked boxes to 'remove' other drivers under ndiswrapper.
One thing left to do was to edit my 'blacklist' because it seemed to have conflicts if I rebooted. Did not quite make it that far...the 'train' derailed when
my 15mo. daughter decided to do some typing when daddy went for coffee...
Goes to black screen after splash screen?? Oh well.
Anyhow, my point is that I am brand new to all of this, but persistence, and reading alot, pays off. Thanks to all who provide the tips and how tos'!!
Gives me the opportunity to install the 'phoenix' next!!!