OK lads ive got the card working
i did it by installing ndiswrapper...see sourceforge for download.
once that was done i downloaded the windows driver and then did what ndiswrapper instructions asked....it will eventually say that the card if present..you may have to try installing the driver a couple of times..(i used win xp driver)
once this is done...i followed the rest of the instructions so that the coding was set up it just needed to be configured..however i spent quite a few days trying to get it work..
heres how i eventually did it.. set it to DHCP in configure my computer.. (i have dhcp router) ..once that was done...i set to work on iwconfig...and spent hours moronically plugging in my wep code..to no avail..kept on resetting...so i set my wireless AP to disable wep..and left the iwconfig settings blank..and restarted laptop... lo and behold to my amazment it gave me the bootup line
and the net was connected at boot :-p
hope that this gets people all happy wid wless net..im afriad i havent got wep working..i think that it might only work on some router/card combinations...because of the security modes.. my AP only had one mode out of three that linux would let u set..and this didnt appear to work with the centrino card...as it didnt work with windows..
let me kno if anyone gets wep working