I ran the live CD and it errored out on X - it always does because of the video, so no biggie there. I ran VASM, set everything up and it came up like a champ. I went into VASM from the desktop and configured the wireless adapter (ath0). The lights started blinking... I queried the available wireless networks and saw them there, pretty as day. I connected to linksys and it showed connected successfully. I checked the connection and it looked pristene, alternating between 36 and 54Mbps. And er... basically that's it. I may as well not have a network card in because all I can do is see and connect to the available wireless networks, but I have no network connectivity whatsoever. I have the network set for DHCP, I've tried static, I've restarted the router... I'm stumped.
The first time I booted, I did have the icon for wireless and a PCMCIA card in the task bar and it NEVER came up again, but it didn't work that time at all - would not even see the network card. Every other time I've booted since then it's been a cinch to get the PCMCIA card active, see the networks, connect... but that's as far as I get. Any ideas?