Last week, I started having the same XP bootup/login problems everyone else seems to be having. Because I had all of my files backed up and I was sick of dealing with it, I just reformatted my hard drive and reinstalled XP on my Inspiron 8500. I can log in fine now, but my XP loaded with no icons on the desktop(besides the recycle bin) and I'm unable to connect to my home network. I'm not even getting an option to "View available wireless networks" when I right-click the network in the control panel.
I thought I'd reinstalled all the necessary drivers from dell, but I could be missing several for all I know. I've also installed the driver for my Netgear card and run the setup, but it's telling me that my adapter is not inserted (even though it's clearly in there and the blue light is on).
Can anyone shed some light? Please help a noob in need.