Well. I tried it again. No change. IE opens and I get a few green bars in the status bar thing. But it takes 20 minutes to load a page. Dial up is faster! And sadly, no errors generated. It just hangs there, loading, loading, . . . loading.
I'll try hunting it up on the SP2 disc again. I'm likely to toddle off to bed soon and come back to this with fresh eyes tomorrow.
Thank you and I'll do whatever homework you post!