The wireless card is a PCI device and has a Broadcom 802.11b/g chipset. From the info I've been able to find on Broadcom, it looks as it this isn't supported.
I ran lspci, but it didn't show much as the wireless card is not even detected by linux, so I couldn't get any info.
There is always a chance I'm doing it wrong, because I've just been doing a crash course in using the commany line, which is all new to me
@ Cressida - I use a variety of wireless networks including Starbucks, the Toronto network (wireless is free in downtown Toronto) and one at home - this isn't mine but is an open network I can detect from home (that someone in my neighbourhod has no idea how to set up :doh:) . I'm just using it to see if I can get the netwrok card working.
All a bit academic now, as I'm without wireless for 5 weeks.
It looks like ndiswrapper is the way to go, so I'm going to have to do a lot of learning to get there.
@Slayerking - thanks for links