Downloaded the driver from the Belkin website and ran it with Wine. All went well..until the end, where it says "installation finished, you may close this.." When I click on the "finished" button, it just hangs, and sits there. I used Windows Terminator to close it, but a flag popped up saying that a problem had occurred. Retried several times, all with the same result. Wicd doesn't see a network, and VASM didn't say it saw anything new. So much for wireless.
When I tried the PCMCIA card, nothing happened when I pinged 192.168.1.1, as I reported. After I made the post I decided to try Wicd just to see what happened. To my surprise Wicd saw something, and tried to set up a network connection. It failed, but seemed to go a lot farther than anything has until now. As I said before, the dongle has two LED's, one for "link," showing that the computer is alive, or that the card is working. This LED is lit steadily, but the other LED, labeld "act," which I assume means active, or activity, usually doesn't even come on. When Wicd saw a network and tried to set up a connection, the "act" LED perked up and blinked a few times.
It seems as if the card is working and the network, or the layers of the Ip protocols are somehow not syncing, like sending an SOS and not hearing anything back.