of the Access Point that is.

I just installed Suse Linux 9.1 Personal and it's great!! However, no wireless card access:

even stranger, I didn't try to configure it initially, but it found the access point, established a connection, and obtained an IP lease. However, I couldn't get to the internet, only to the AP. If I boot the same machine into W2k, everything's fine, if I work through eth0, everything's fine (incidentally, eth0 accesses the same AP through a bridge).

So, in trying to figure this out, I assigned an IP address and a gateway through YAST2, and consequently have lost everything.

Now, when I iwconfig wlan0, I get:
wlan0     IEEE 802.11-DS  ESSID:"."
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437GHz  Access Point: 00:80:C8:19:4A:15
          Bit Rate:2Mb/s   Tx-Power:2346 dBm
          Retry min limit:8   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:52/92  Signal level:-58 dBm  Noise level:-97 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:
The essid and AP MAC address are correct.

When I ifconfig wlan0 after setting an ip address and gateway, I get:
wlan0     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:06:25:17:53:D3
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          inet6 addr: fe80::206:25ff:fe17:53d3/64 Scope:Link
          RX packets:8926 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:308 errors:0 dropped:1 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:2776375 (2.6 Mb)  TX bytes:154948 (151.3 Kb)
          Interrupt:3 Base address:0x100
This is the ip address I assigned and the MTU set at the AP.

A route turns up:
Kernel IP routing table
Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface     *        U     0      0        0 wlan0
loopback        *            U     0      0        0 lo
default         UG    0      0        0 wlan0
and honestly, I'm not sure what it all means, but it seems to be similar to the table when I have eth0 turned on.

Pinging (AP) returns: Destination Host Unreachable.

What do you make of that??? It looks like everything is right, but clearly something isn't. Any suggestions?

Also, I switch from eth0 to wlan0 using:
ifdown wlan0
ifup eth0
or vice-versa.

Thanks in advance for any help, I REALLY need to get this up.