Here's what I did:
I installed Debian by burning the first ISO from the repository to a USB. Booted from it, got Debian installed - except no desktop.
I tried using aptitude to get it, but I need a CD. So I installed my network adapter drivers (netgear wna1100, installed via usb as per Google of wna1100 Linux drivers) and tried to connect to the internet. Drivers seemingly installed fine with no errors, my network adapter is correctly identified in lsusb, but any command to connect to the internet relied on wlan0 which doesn't appear to exist. Nor does iwconfig...
How can I get a compete installation?