Last night firefox crashed and I attempted to reset my computer to resolve the problem. The computer would not start back up again and would go to a black screen with a blinking cursor. Removing all non essential USB items (ipod mainly) allowed the computer to start up again and it appears to be running normally but I cannot connect to the internet.
I am on a university ethernet connection. It appears to be recognizing the connection as active but I just cannot get any web pages to come up.
So far I have tried doing the "IP release" and "IP renew" in the command console and reset my winsock settings but no luck. Any help would be much appreciated- I am using a 3 year old Dell running XP.