Cannot scan network and other issues with Belkin F5D7050

Cannot Connect to a wireless network using a USB Belkin 802.11g Model F5D7050:
Setting up a new pc is running opensuse 11.2 (i586)
KDE 4.3.1

Question1) The HCL shows a version, how do I find what version i have?
Question2) Why is rt73.bin not being loaded? I ask this because the file is located in Root/lib/firmware
Question3) Why is Configure Desktop > Network Manager > Wifi is blanked out as if doesnt exist?

Question 4) when using YAST > Network Settings > Initially under wireless network card configuration I can scan the area and find networks successfully (I got 2, one as a wifii hotspot from my pda cell phone, the other is the standard wireless network for laptops and such)… but if i use kinternet >wlan0 > wireless connection, nothing will be found! suggestions

I did a search on the /var/bootlog msg for “switch” and “radio”, for radio I found the following:
<6> 9.108858] Registered led device: rt73usb-phy1::radio
<6> 9.108884] Registered led device: rt73usb-phy1::assoc
<6> 9.108909] Registered led device: rt73usb-phy1::quality
<6> 9.109386] usbcore: registered new interface driver rt73usb

from YAST > Hardware Information:
55: USB 00.0: 0282 WLAN controller
[Created at usb.122]
UDI: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/usb_device_50d_705a_noserial_if0
Unique ID: Uc5H.EqTPcXwuUG1
Parent ID: k4bc.9T1GDCLyFd9
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1d.7/usb1/1-4/1-4:1.0
SysFS BusID: 1-4:1.0
Hardware Class: network
Model: “Belkin 54g USB Network Adapter”
Hotplug: USB
Vendor: usb 0x050d “Belkin Components”
Device: usb 0x705a “Belkin 54g USB Network Adapter”
Revision: “0.01”
Driver: “rt73usb”
Driver Modules: “rt73usb”
Device File: wlan0
Features: WLAN
Speed: 480 Mbps
HW Address: 00:22:75:fd:94:2f
WLAN channels: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
WLAN frequencies: 2.412 2.417 2.422 2.427 2.432 2.437 2.442 2.447 2.452 2.457 2.462 2.467 2.472 2.484
WLAN encryption modes: WEP40 WEP104 TKIP CCMP
WLAN authentication modes: open sharedkey wpa-psk wpa-eap
Module Alias: “usb:v050Dp705Ad0001dc00dsc00dp00icFFiscFFipFF”
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: rt2500usb is active
Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe rt2500usb”
Driver Info #1:
Driver Status: rt73usb is active
Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe rt73usb”
Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #50 (Hub)

q@linux-4648:~> /usr/bin/lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 050d:705a Belkin Components F5D7050A Wireless Adapter

q@linux-4648:~> dmesg | less

3.341859] usb 1-4: New USB device found, idVendor=050d, idProduct=705a
3.341864] usb 1-4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
3.341868] usb 1-4: Product: Belkin 54g USB Network Adapter
3.341872] usb 1-4: Manufacturer: Belkin
3.342028] usb 1-4: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

q@linux-4648:~> /usr/sbin/iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=15 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:on
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

q@linux-4648:~> sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.
eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.
wmaster0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.
wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning : Network is down

q@linux-4648:~> dmesg | grep firmware
257.124729] rt73usb 1-4:1.0: firmware: requesting rt73.bin

thank you for your time

Well after allot of rebooting and goofing around…
I was sucessfull in using the walking hotspot on my cell phone with the Belkin f5d7050…

not quite sure what I did, but the biggie was to ensure that in YAST > Network Settings > that I used Traditional Method with ifup, disabled IPv6, and to activate the device at boot time plus I disabled any encryption… I will goof to see if I can get it to be a bit more secure.

sorry for the premature posting…
are there any inherent benefits to ifup as compared to network manager?