Well, nevermind, I believe the problem has been solved with some changes to /etc/network/interfaces
I have to applaud the linux community, wireless networking is getting very very close to being as *commonly* usable by all as windows. I know the hardware/nic driver issue sucks, I've been there but linuxant/ndis has always worked for me, since I've owned a wireless laptop, after enough trial and error. So chins up every one. Or go buy a netgear :-)
The only thing I haven't yet managed to do with it is get onto my college's LEAP auth wireless network... but I heard it is do-able now, which is exciting. That is my next mission. I tried once before, but I'm sure the software I was using has come along way in the last year. Haven't tried since.