I went through hell trying to get the interface up. The device is PCI, but is not seen by lspci, but by lsusb.
Finally I had to force the ndiswrapper net8187b driver to use the NIC's device ID and that finally got it going.
Problem is, when I assign an ESSID to the interface to use as an AP:
iwconfig wlan0 ap 00:30:BD:FB:E3:7C
Nothing changes, if I "iwconfig wlan0", the output is still the same as before the assignment.
The NIC is internal, has a small switch on the front of the laptop that turns it on and off in Windows, but has no output in dmesg when thrown, even after activating 802.11 debug while compiling the kernel.
This brings me to the the next problem. If I throw the switch, and try to "modprobe -r ndiswrapper", it hangs, and then "halt" won't even turn the computer off. Dmesg tells me that the link isn't ready...
This wouldn't be so bad if I could get my ethernet card working, but the "rtl8101" module that comes with the 188.8.131.52 kernel doesn't detect my Realtek 8101E NIC, and I've downloaded a fixed driver and can't compile it
Any help would be much obliged.