there is a pc i would like to set up for guests. i could never get the stupid thing online (7 other computers are fine), finally i reformatted. complete wipe, brand new wip xp, sp3. i installed all the drivers (including the chipset), but nothing else...nothing. i still can't get online. i understand that a lot of not-so-competent people post things like this, but for me - pretend i have a brain (i hold degrees in both computer science and computer engineering).
i have checked everything normal (a million times). i even swapped out the card (prior to reformatting), so it isn't a hardware issue.
prior to my acquisition of it, the computer had been connected to an ms network at my office. (i know) but my home network is completely security free. every other computer is able to connect without any software (it is set up so that anyone can walk in and use it...or by, but that is how it must be).
any random weird things you can think of? everyone i know (including several it professionals) are stumped. at this point i am willing to take any suggestion. i just want to have it for guests so that i can set up a proper network. it is driving me crazy.
thank you. i hope you are having a lovely evening!