Yes, Shadow_7, I realized that as I looked around. It seemed at first that it was my eMachines E732Z laptop that was the problem and as you pointed out, I would have the same problem with any other distro. However, as I was looking around
where I failed to download any of the Debian iso from Windows 7. I used 'right click' on the link and 'Save as ...' The download started and then I had a "Failed: prohibited error"
I came across a long list of Debian distros and realized that the one I had originally used was a minimal "netinstal" distro. This made me think that you were right all along and the my WiFi problem was due to missing software. Althought this page warns about using http-ftp for downloading iso image, I did so quite successfully on Firefox https://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/
. I checked that the download was complete with MD5 and burnt the image to a CD.
The only hiccup was being asked to insert usb or CD with brcm/bcm 43xx-0.fw I had to abort and boot back into Windows 7 to find
. I thought I was going to retain my dual-boot through Grub - alas, NO. Now, I have a massively impressive array of applications on a KDE desktop environment. So, solved one problem, only to find another.
Thank you, Shadow_7 and Cynwulf and Ardvark71 for your time and thinking about my missing wireless drivers.