I'm conducting an experiment...will I be able to get on the wireless if I leave the hardware switch on and tell it to reboot? That and the extra module of ndis wrapper seems to be the issue...

and the verdict: no, the switch must be off and then only be turned on after ubuntu has loaded and the user has logged in.

Now everything works!!

Thanks, I really appreciated how you both stuck with me through all of this. I guess perseverance pays off in the end.