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You shouldn't need to use slapt-get for this. Just get the package (which ends in ".txz") from the "extra" directory on any Slackware mirror (or your installation media) and install it with "installpkg filename", as root.
While WICD works (sorta) I have recently ditched it for wpa_gui which is included in slackware stock. Briefly, wicd uses wpa_supplicant in it's own way while wpa_gui just configures wpa_supplicant without another layer running it. (wicd was causing my wireless to drop / reset every hour or so)
that error was about it that packge hadnt been made by makepkg
You can't just download any random tarball and expect to be able to install it with installpkg. installpkg and friends are for installing Slackware specific packages only. You might want to look at The Slack Book to learn a bit about Slackware (hopefully this is the latest version).
You may not need to download a driver for your device, but you'll probably need firmware. See the thread given in post 11 first and tell us if you have any more problems.