Ok, so I have tried this with ubuntu, slackware and now im trying gentoo. gentoo was the distro that installed the cards correctly, im booting from the minimal boot cd but can't communicate with the out side world though either wireless or ethernet card dhcp wasnt working so i manually set the ip address and the default gw with route ifconfig shows all the right things though iwconfig says no wireless extensions for any of the connections despite eth1 being a wireless card.
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Tehnology Group Ltd. 88e853 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller (rev 15)
06:04.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)
so I believe the cards are installed and work properly, but I can't ping anyone packets sent 0 recieved the light on the card is flashing and the corresponding light on the hub so they are being sent.
If anyone could help that would be great, a laptop without networks is a bit pointless.