I am using 5.9 Standard Gold. I tried wicd before wireless assistant and it didn't work. The laptop is a Micronics GX3 and the wireless adapter is a TP-Link TL-WN610-G. After some research, I found that the card is really a Atheros AR5212 which was "recognized" when I re-loaded 5.9 today.
After running "ifconfig", it saw the card as "eth0". Everything was correct except no IP address. DHCP is enabled.