ran lspci - turns out it does find the card and the mandriva hardware detection does find it as well but can't seem to associate with the windows driver.
02:0a.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
Subsystem: Belkin: Unknown device 7000
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 5
Memory at 00000000fddfc000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Vendor: ?Broadcom Corp.
Description: ?BCM94306 802.11g NIC
Media class: ?NETWORK_OTHER
Bus PCI #: ?2 (matches up with what windows says as well PCI Slot 8 (PCI bus 2, device 10, function 0))
PCI device #: ?10
PCI function #: ?0
Vendor ID: ?5348
Device ID: ?17184
Sub vendor ID: ?6041
Sub device ID: ?28672
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc: Unknown device 5a3f
I try to install using the control panel thingy: "no device supporting bmcwl5.sys ndiswrapper is present"
I don't know how to get more info on what windows identifies the card as beyond belkin 54mps desktop adapter.
perhaps I'm just using ndiswrapper wrong - it's been a little while since last time I was screwing around with this.