Amazing. I did the following:
# ndiswrapper -m
Adding alias wlan0 to /etc/modprobe.conf
I followed that link and edited my /etc/rc.d/rc.local file to include those lines. Now when I reboot, seems all I have to do is
and the wlan0 connects (at least it did this morning!)
Thanks, I'll play around with it in more detail tonite, and see if I can get the 'iwconfig' command into the rc.local file, or find another way to init it - the ultimate goal of course is to be able to launch firefox without having to manually connect first.