wireless on old and newer wireless not working.

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http://forums.opensuse.org – I just installed 11.2 on a Compaq Evo N1000v. This particular machine was used and had no wireless card in it. I bought a Linksys usb connector. Opensuse shows it in the network app but it shows no activity at all and does not 'see' the wireless network in the location (although on 11.1 install on another laptop even older than this one, opensuse id'd the broadcom card in it, sees the wlan and connects with no problem) so, I have an old 10 Avaya wire;less card goes into the side slot of the laptop. opensuse identifies that card easily and shows it in the network list and it sees the local wlan. but...it will not allow me to 'select' it or connect. I am an old fashioned IT network admin and I never did catch up to the wireless world. could someone please point me in the right direction to get one of these devices working? Big Bear (Distributions)