Ok, so I thought I might as well give my default slack 13 install an upgrade, by running slackpkg upgrade-all.. so, it did it, then of course the box failed to boot, since it would seem the new kernel decided to classify my ide controller as a scsi one. so, little lilo update, and I'm back in business.
I went ahead and let the installer put in new config files, except for ones that I know I have edited (rc.inet1.conf, dhcpd.conf, etc)
Now it would seem slack is not detecting my wireless card at all. I can see it if I do a lspci, it sees my network card, Network Controller: RaLink RT2561/RT61 802.11g PCI, but it does not appear that udev is installing it as an interface..
there is nothing but my wired nics in 70-persistent-net.rules.. there was, but I tried removing this file, so that udev would recreate it..