To summarize, if I look at /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf there is an entry there for atl1c. But it is being loaded anyway and appears when I run lsmod. Any suggestions for how to stop this?
Also, the wireless situation may not be ideal. While it connects if the laptop is sitting directly next to the router, it seems to lose connection if I wander more than ~10 feet away. I read threads about this issue to and have already gone through the things suggested trying to fix my other problem, unfortunately.