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seems patience has to be a virtue - answering my own post.
for this NIC card which fortunately uses realtek8169 chipset - modules already exist. kernel as well (debian 2.6.8-2.686) loads correct pcmcia drivers.
so no ndiswrapper necessary (I think) as r8169 has a driver.