OK here it goes.
I had the ath5k driver for my atheros card running so that I could run kismet. Once I finished with kismet, my card would not recover from monitor mode. In the process of me figuring out how to put it back in manage mode, i seemed to have disabled my wifi card and i can't get it back up and running. network manager isnt acknowledging it
lspci -C network gave me this on the wireless card:
description: Ethernet controller
product: AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter
vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
width: 64 bits
capabilities: bus_master cap_list
Any help would be appreciated.