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It's been a while since I worked with SuSE wireless, but let me ask;
1. Is this the 32 bit or 64 bit version of SuSE? I looked around and it seems that the 64 bit version has some issues with wireless.
2. What have you already tried to get the card working? Did you use Yast to try and configure the card as a wireless device?
3. Do you have encription set up on the router? If so, did you try #2 using your ESSID and WEP settings?
1. i'm pretty sure this is the 32 bit of Suse. is there a way i can find out for sure whether it's 32 or 64 bit?
2. i have tried using ndiswrapper but when i used the drivers from te cd and after i typed ndiswrapper -l...i get driver invalid. yes i have tried yast. it wasn't seen when i went to network devices under yast so I added it in myself.
3. no there is no encryption.
If you downloaded the regular i386 images (eg; SUSE-10.0-CD-i386-GM-CD1.iso....) then you do not.
If you are using the ndiswrapper package that came with SuSE (you installed it through Yast), often the drivers that came with the disk do not work as expected, or if your driver disk has drivers for multiple versions of your card, make sure that you picked the correct drivers for ndiswrapper.
But either you use ndiswrapper or the (hopefully) native Prism drivers via Yast.
When you attempted to use Yast to configure the card, at the Network installation interface, did you choose "wireless" from the dropdown box and check off the box for pcmcia?
What card did you tell SuSE that you had?
Just to make sure as you go along, you are sure that the router has no ESSID name or passphrase?