after restarting the computer (running windows xp) an error came up saying one of the usb slots drew too much power and it asked if i wanted to reset it so it would work again, which is what i did. the only external device i had connected to the computer at the time was the wireless network card in the pcimcia slot
so i went to connect to the wireless connection and noticed it wasn't there, opened my network connections and there were no connections shown.
then tried to plug a cable link to the router in and the network card lit up but i still had no connections, i also tried to plug a usb dongle into the computer and the light came on the dongle but i couldn't access it
i then opened the device menager and my network card device was gone but the usb device is still there.
since then i have gone to a system restore point and reinstalled windows but it hasn't changed anything
im stumped for ideas