The laptop is a Dell Inspiron 6000 whose hard drive crashed. I now have a brand new squeeky clean hard drive in there. Dell was kind enough to send me replacement disks for all the factory installed operating system and software. First step was to install XP Pro Media, Service Pack 2. I noticed right away there was no icon in the tray showing wireless networks in range. I didn't know if that was a feature of SP3 so I downloaded it onto my Mac, put it onto a flash drive, and installed it too. Still no obvious way to access the wireless network that all the other computers in the house can use just fine, and that the Inspiron used last week.
So I thought maybe it would be easier if I ran an ethernet cable between the router and the laptop. Now under Network Connections it says 1394 Connection, Connected, Firewalled, 1394 Net Adapter.
If I double-click that icon I get a status of connected, duration reasonably long, speed 400 MBps, but no packets under Activity.
If I click Repair this Connection I get:
Windows could not finish repairing the problem because the following action cannot be completed: Failure to Query TCP/IP settings of the connection. Cannot proceed. For assistance, contact the person who manages the network
that would be me :-(
How do I get the internet working?