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I thought perhaps if I changed the status from ethernet to wireless
Actually the name of the card doesn't matter. You can call it eth1, wlan0 or even wirelessnetworkcardthatdoesntwork if you really want to. So lets look elsewhere for your trouble.
I'm gonna suggest that for the time being you forget about KWifiManager. In my experience it is not really a reliable tool for configuring a card or acurately reporting the state of the card. So what I would do is boot up the computer, pop open a console and look at the outputs of iwconfig
. You should be able to see your wireless card listed in both of those and the iwconfig output should suggest that it has wireless capabilities.
If those outputs look OK, then we can try configuring with the iwconfig command and see what happens. Usually you need to set the SSID, mode and WEP key (if you use one) like this:
iwconfig eth1 key XXXXXXXXXXXXX (of course this assumes eth1 is the wireless card and XXXXXX is the hex WEP key if you use one)
iwconfig eth1 mode managed (or also try auto)
iwconfig eth1 essid YYYYYYY (where YYYYY is the SSID of your access point)
Post back with any questions or errors you see