The answer to the question at the top of your reply is, unfortunately, "25 programs and/or applications".
I learned a valuable lesson: keep track of what you are installing and watch how the system behaves after each install. Everything was installed was via G Slapt.
The card is a TP-Link TL-WN610G Ver. 1.1
I should researched this deeper, the card is compatible, however, you must use MadWifi according tohttp://linux-wless.passys.nl/
Since I don't know what I did to end up in this situation, or if MadWifi will work with the present configuration, I'm going to back up my files and do a fresh install.
Thanks for the quick reply!