Right, I'm on my laptop now, when I run 'modprobe ndiswrapper' I also get no output, I'm not sure which distro you're using, but in SuSE I had to set-up the network device in Yast (configured as wlan0), when this was completing the power light on the wireless lan card would flash, but not stay on all the time. So then I'd pop into the terminal progam, activate the root (su) and run 'modprobe ndiswrapper' (Not sure if I needed to, but I did), then the command 'ifup wlan0' I think this starts the device if it isn't already running, an output from the command window is below....
linux-mobile:/home/demibeard # modprobe ndiswrapper
linux-mobile:/home/demibeard # ifup wlan0
wlan0 device: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
wlan0 configuration: wlan-bus-pcmcia
Starting DHCP Client Daemon on wlan0... . . . IP/Netmask: 192.168.2.103 / 255.255.255.0
So, I'm not sure if any of this will help.
I must admit that I haven't had to use a CLI in anger since I had an Amiga, well not in a GUI anyway!!
I think your laptop is somewhat more powerful than mine (K6-2 @ 450mhz with 128mb of ram and a 12Gb HDD)
I had been running XP on it, but by the time all the AV and Firewall software had loaded it was time to have another shave.
This is so much better.
Perhaps there should be a 'Noobs helping Noobs' section on the forum?
I've been messing with linux for a while (Mandrake, Red-Hat, Mandriva), but in no way seriously, this is my first go at having it as the only OS on a device, I hope (need) to learn lots more from this. I'm still running a dual boot system on my Desktop, I have a PSP so need XP to run SonicStage, but I have got the ATI driver installed and it's running a dual monitor desktop, I'm even more pleased with that setup (Athlon 64 3500+ o/c @ 2.54mhz, 1Gb of Ram and 400Gb of HDDs, 1 for Linux 40Gb and 200Gb + 160Gb for XP)
At the moment I'm trying to get my head around how to get DVD's to play!!