My wireless is working Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My wireless is working Hallelujah, and I wish I know how I did it more specifically what was wrong before, after all these permutations and combinations.
But this is what I did last.... I referred to beginners guide to installing NDISwrapper titled "My own Personal Ndiswraper Guide - Troubleshooting Tips Included" as I could not get a proper response from modprobe, and I reinstalled it with the intention to get my Linksys usb wireless card trying to function to eliminate another possibility. Well low and behold both cards are working fine and I am getting thru with both cards and with both Wicd and Network Manager. The odd thing is that my RTL8187b driver was installed without NDISwrapper...!!!!
Well I guess I should be thankful, and am, now let the games begin!!!!!
So I Guess NDISwrapper ROCKS after all!!!!!
p.s. my distro is 8.04, 2.6.24-19