Now.. a small update of kinds..
I just ran the BT4 (BackTrack 4) livecd on my laptop, and i use wicd to connect the wireless adapter to my AP. Everything connects, and i can surf the net ++.. However, the problem is identical there as it was in windows 7!
This was not the case using the slightly older Ubuntu livecd..
I am.. totally at a loss other than ofc it might be the wireless ap fubaring something.. but why would the same thing work with identical hardware in a older Ubuntu livecd?
I am going to run a linux rev. in a VMware session using a USB wifi adapter and see if that can stay connected on the same AP.