Alrighty... fresh morning; fresh perspective.
I uninstalled and reinstalled the RT2500 card.. now it's not making a copy, but it's not retaining the correct settings. If I want it to get an IP I have to:
iwconfig wlan0 rate auto
iwconfig wlan0 key ABCDEABCDE restricted
iwconfig wlan0 channel 6
and then I can dhclient myself a nice IP address. (abcdeabcde isn't my key.. just a replacement)
iwconfig wlan0 commit gives me an error, and I've made sure that the ifcfg-wlan0 file matches the correct settings - it does. Any further ideas?
On the DVD problem, the only new light I can shed on it is that I get the following error if I don't
have a disc in the drive when I boot.
Remounting root filesystem in read-write mode: [ OK ]
Mounting local filesystems: [FAILED]
Also I can't right click on the drive icon in Computer and eject it. I receive the error "Unable to mount media. There is probably no media in the drive.". That's right... when I try to eject it. Weird.
I can do eject /dev/hdc fine though.