Ok posting from Sparky now. It actually saw both the usb wifi adapter and the one built in. On a whim, I picked the internal one. Wow, it had proper driver installed and was able to use it. Most of the linux distributions dont have a usable driver ready for it. You have to compile one. So for this particular old laptop, if I were going to use it, 2GB RAM and Sparky Linux. Being able to use that internal wifi adapter means lot less hassle. Though I would use Puppy if I wanted to get by with 1GB.