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Your wireless is being detected as shown by lspci and ifconfig shows that it is up, but not associated to a wap or assigned and ip address. Not sure on Mint where or what you use to config your wifi to associate it to a wap. Gentoo and Slack I would mess with the conf files to get it working or use wicd or wpa_supplicant interface to do it.
I am assuming (ya I know bad thing to do) that you are using WEP or WPA as security on your wap. Are you using DHCP?
If you go into Wireless Network Configuration or Network Configuration, does it give you any place to enter your wap info (ESSID, password/key etc....).
Apologies for not know the exact areas for you to go in Mint. I am working from memory as I only read about Mint for a friend. I usually stick with Gentoo. Keep the faith, it looks like you are almost there with only small stuff (configuration) to do.