Hey Chili, once again thank you very much for all this help.

Where I'm at now is I connected my computer directly to the router with a "firewire" cord or whatever, sorry don't know the proper terms. From there I was able to connect to the internet with my wired ethernet connection. I tried the sudo

sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter


and got this

sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter

Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Couldn't find package b43-fwcutter


I then followed your link to that alternate firmware package, and after struggling for a while to figure out how to get the "permissions" to be able to extract the files into lib\firmware I got the files in there, but haven't seen any change in my wireless. Still says "device not ready"

I appreciate all your patients and help, any idea of where I can go from here?