Great news (or not so great, depending on how you look at it). I have found a possible solution - get a new wireless adapter. This is not because the adapter is no good, and it is not Mint's fault, but after reading this exhaustive and comprehensive thread covering the exact same problem in the Ubuntu forums,
it would appear that there is really no solution to this driver. Ironically enough, according to the documentation that came with the driver, it is designed to work with Fedora, yet it does not! I checked the Fedora forums, and they encountered a similar dilemma. The only way that the driver can work is through OpenSUSE, and it will have to be rebuilt manually. I know it sounds strange, but that is what my Internet searching has revealed.
I'm sorry I didn't get back to you sooner with this info willie42, but I've been so dang busy, I didn't have the time. Thanks again for your help, and may the Mint be with you!