Ladies & Gentlemen
Thanks for the excellent counsel, even if you only read along. The current score is, drum roll please, ----------*
Laptop 0 rbees 2
and the crowd roars
Ok so enough of fantasy island.
I didn't figure out what the developers changed or why. I started out to read the script that takes care of all this auto stuff and it didn't make any sense to me.
Also it may have something to do with this install starting as a pure kde install with gnome getting pulled in later to meet dependencies.
But like I said before, it seamed as though a program was missing. That was kind of true. I installed wicd and the connection problems went away. Wicd conflicts with the stock network managers in kde and uninstalled them. Then after a reboot to make sure everything was kosher I was able to connect to my wifi.
Side note: My netgear wifi router did not die. It seams that if you reset it to the factory defaults you have to disconnect it from every thing except one wired connection and log in via the default password to reactivate the crazy thing.
Anyway, it seams that the stock network managers were not executing these new scrips correctly somehow. But WICD is
I still have a couple of minor issues with this laptop that I want to address. Suspend to ram/disk and the clock.
I remember reading at one time something about windows setting the hardware clock to local time and linux setting it to grenich mean time? I don't suppose any one would have a link that would tell me how to make windows and linux read the clock so that both systems have the correct time? Please?
Once again thanks, give yourselves a pat on the back and an 'at-a-boy.