well I tried ubuntu and it did not work at all. I am dual booting my laptop (hp pavillion dv2050us) now with centos 5.2. well to my suprise after installing the dkms-ipw3945 package via yum from rpmforge and starting networkmanager and networkmanagerdispatcher (whatever that is) as per a google search I was able to connect to my wireless. well I got happy feet and rebooted several times into both windows and centos to make sure both worked. then tonight I turned the laptop back on after having if off a day. the windows wireless works no issue but the centos 5.2 says "passphrase required by wireless network. so I put this in (which worked yesterday) and it just times out and then the same box pops up again. hmmm there has been no kernel update since yesterday and my linksys has not changed. yesterday putting in my passphrase worked no issue. and since windows wireless works I know my wireless is not dead (plus networkmanager shows like 10 networks in my range).
so what can I do to bring linux back into my life? I was so happy for a day because I tried linux several times on my laptop since getting it 2 years ago and every time (fedora centos and ubuntu) it was a nightmare that eventually I gave up on. I cant see how something that was working yesterday can just stop working today
thanks in advance for your help. btw I am useing wpa personal on the router and have that in the box asking for my passphrase or encryption key as well. help me turn my