It worked! I installed Alien Bob's package. Then :
wlan0 IEEE 802.11b+/g+ ESSID:"xt88tx" Nickname:"dellhost"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:12:17:6F:C7:76
Bit Rate:11 Mb/s Tx-Power=15 dBm Sensitivity=1/3
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr
Encryption key:xxxx-xxxx-xx Security mode:restricted
Link Quality=36/100 Signal level=11/100 Noise level=0/100
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
Thanks again man. I am writing this from my new mini-pci wireless connection. Thanks for your help. This has been a fun project for me. I found this little mini-pci wireless card in a dead router I had sitting around. I de-soldered the antennae from the card.It had one connector on it that wasn't being used so I only have one cable hooked up inside my laptop. I guess I could solder on a connector from another dead card or something but if it works like it is now with only one why bother?
Freakin' awesome man. Alien Bob and everyone who helped me, you guys are the BEST!!!! <doing a little dance>
Free things rule!!