Well - In the vain hope that my wireless card would work in Lucid (Kernel 2.26.32.11??) I booted from the live cd

lspci shows that the card is present and occupying a resource but still no dice

dmesg shows the following.

Code:
[   78.493865] r8192_pci: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[   78.497707] ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
[   78.497711] ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'TKIP'
[   78.497712] ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'CCMP'
[   78.497714] ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'WEP'
[   78.497726] 
[   78.497727] Linux kernel driver for RTL8192 based WLAN cards
[   78.497728] Copyright (c) 2007-2008, Realsil Wlan
[   78.497785] rtl819xE 0000:02:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 16
[   78.497793] rtl819xE 0000:02:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[   78.560674] Dot11d_Init()
[   78.560685] IRQ 16
[   78.667604] uvcvideo: Found UVC 1.00 device Namuga 1.3M Webcam (0ac8:c335)
[   78.676323] input: Namuga 1.3M Webcam as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1a.7/usb1/1-3/1-3:1.0/input/input9
[   78.676432] usbcore: registered new interface driver uvcvideo
[   78.676436] USB Video Class driver (v0.1.0)
[   78.941393] Synaptics Touchpad, model: 1, fw: 6.3, id: 0x1c0b1, caps: 0xa04711/0xa00000
[   78.976767] input: SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio4/input/input10
[   79.360062] usb 2-3: reset high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
[   80.287327]   alloc irq_desc for 22 on node -1
[   80.287330]   alloc kstat_irqs on node -1
[   80.287337] HDA Intel 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 22 (level, low) -> IRQ 22
[   80.287399] HDA Intel 0000:00:1b.0: setting latency timer to 64
[   80.500496] rtl819xE: PlatformInitFirmware()==>
[   80.500497] 
[   80.500519] rtl819xE 0000:02:00.0: firmware: requesting RTL8192E/boot.img
[   80.529380] hda_codec: ALC272: BIOS auto-probing.
[   80.530851] input: HDA Digital PCBeep as /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1b.0/input/input11
[   80.539643] HDA Intel 0000:01:00.1: PCI INT B -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
[   80.539709] HDA Intel 0000:01:00.1: setting latency timer to 64
[   80.547019] rtl819xE:request firmware fail!
[   80.547021] 
[   80.547023] rtl819xE:ERR in init_firmware()
[   80.547024] 
[   80.547026] rtl819xE:ERR!!! _rtl8192_up(): initialization is failed!
[   80.547027] 
[   80.551493] sky2 eth0: enabling interface
[   80.553754] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth0: link is not ready
Any ideas?