I found something on this old thread about an HP card notebook problem that helped...http://ubuntuforums
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You plug in your ethernet and type
> sudo dhclient eth0
At this point, ethernet connected for me, though there's no panel indicator.
> sudo apt-get update
> sudo apt-get install wicd
The mysterious incantations worked. Wicd doesn't look like the standard Lynx network manager, it seems to be some older Python app but it works and so now both wired and wireless work. :P