During the course of troubleshooting Ive found some malware on her machine that required a smitfraud fix to remove, it had disabled task manager and
who knows what else.
I believe there may be a single hidden option turned off. In the course of setting up another wireless connection on another computer the ibss default link state was disabled in the advanced settings for the wireless adapter and it had pretty much the same symptoms of limited connectivity only There was
also a "turn on ibss encryption" that only showed up in the oem drvr UI. On this laptop there is no comparable option to set for the adapter advanced
Is this common on dells and does anyone know an easier fix than loading the recovery disk.