Trying to get a Ralink wireless USB to work on a Toshiba Portege 7140, P3 500, 384 MB ram, 6 GB HDD. Simple setup log shows:
"Information about this interface:
Interface: OK
wlan0 Driver: rt2800usb Bus: usb MacAddress:
Description: Ralink RT2800 USB Wireless LAN driver.

STEP1a: ifconfig OK
wlan0 up
ifconfig: bad address 'wlan0'

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LAST 10 LINES of /var/log/messages:
Jul 19 11:57:29 puppypc user.info kernel: lp0: console ready
Jul 19 11:57:29 puppypc local0.info dhcpcd[2605]: eth0: offered 192.168.0.147 from 192.168.0.1
Jul 19 11:57:29 puppypc local0.info dhcpcd[2605]: eth0: checking 192.168.0.147 is available on attached networks
Jul 17 07:57:30 puppypc auth.info login[2805]: root login on 'tty1'
Jul 18 12:57:30 puppypc user.info kernel: ppdev: user-space parallel port driver
Jul 18 12:57:30 puppypc local0.info dhcpcd[2605]: eth0: leased 192.168.0.147 for 86400 seconds
Jul 18 12:57:30 puppypc local0.info dhcpcd[2605]: eth0: adding IP address 192.168.0.147/24
Jul 18 12:57:30 puppypc local0.info dhcpcd[2605]: eth0: adding default route via 192.168.0.1 metric 0
Jul 18 12:57:30 puppypc local0.info dhcpcd[2605]: eth0: adding route to 169.254.0.0/16 metric 0
Jul 18 12:57:30 puppypc local0.info dhcpcd[2605]: eth0: exiting"

Does anyone have an idea what's wrong and how to fix it. In trying to get this USB to work on a newer desktop, running PCLinuxOS, it sees the net, but wont connect either. Thanks for your help.