thanks. that was even easier than i thought. matlab uses the mac address for verification, so when i motherboard with builtin ethernet blew up, i was locked out. now i'm no longer locked out, and can figure out the proper way when i have the time. :)
this does not always work, for instance with a wireless card using ndiswrapper
you need to change your .conf file withing your driver's folder located in
which reportedly works, you simply change the line mac_address|XX:XX:XX:XX:XX:XX
I do not currently have that working on gentoo linux at the moment however
it's worked for a couple people out there and it -is- the method listed for the wiki.
simply bringing the wlan0 down and ifconfig wlan0 hw ether
To make permanent in openSUSE, edit /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-*, add the line "LLADDR=00:11:22:33:44:55." Save/reboot