Thank you, XOX, I will try what you say.
Just to make sure I understand, you're suggesting:
1: Reinstall wicd (wired)
2: Remove Network Manager again? (Since I don't have it installed now, should I reinstall it first?)
I want to make sure I get this right.
Also strange that a lot of the posters having problems with network manager are using IBM/Lenovo laptops.
I guess so. What I find stranger is that although this problem seems fairly widespread, Canonical doesn't appear to have made much of a priority of it.