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Dell Studio 1555 laptop internet browsing problem

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I'm having internet problems and could really use some help.
I'm set up at a friend's apartment taking care of her cat while she'll be away in Berlin for three weeks.
I've brought over my desktop computer AND my laptop. I need both. My desktop is up and running and easily connects to the internet at her apartment without a problem.
My laptop, on the other hand, is not able to browse the internet.
It DOES seem to be connecting to the router successfully. Status says "Connected", Signal Strength: "Excellent". But when I open up a browser I'm not able to load any webpage whatsoever. Tried both Firefox and Chrome. I Googled the issue, found a few relevant discussions, but none of the proposed solutions have had any success with my particular problem.
I've tried connecting both via wifi and with a network cable directly to the router. The problem is consistent using both methods.

Here are the specs:

The router model: ZTE MF612
My laptop Is a Dell Studio 1555
Running Windows XP Pro

Using Speccy... here's the info on the Network tab:
WinInet Info
LAN Connection
Local system uses a local area network to connect to the Internet
Local system has RAS to connect to the Internet
Wi-Fi Info
Using native Wi-Fi API version 1
Available access points count 1
Wi-Fi (Cellcom_Router)
SSID Cellcom_Router
Name No name
Signal Strength/Quality 100
Security Enabled
State The interface is not connected to any network
Dot11 Type Infrastructure BSS network
Network Connectible
Network Flags There is a profile for this network
Cipher Algorithm to be used when joining this network WEP cipher algorithm with a cipher key of any length
Default Auth used to join this network for the first time IEEE 802.11 Open System authentication algorithm
WinHTTPSessionProxyType No proxy
Session Proxy
Session Proxy Bypass
Connect Retries 5
Connect Timeout 60000
HTTP Version HTTP 1.1
Max Connects Per 1.0 Servers INFINITE
Max Connects Per Servers INFINITE
Max HTTP automatic redirects 10
Max HTTP status continue 10
Send Timeout 30000
IEProxy Auto Detect Yes
IEProxy Auto Config
IEProxy Bypass
Default Proxy Config Access Type No proxy
Default Config Proxy
Default Config Proxy Bypass
Adapters List
Intel® WiFi Link 5100 AGN - Packet Scheduler Miniport
IP Address
Subnet mask
Broadcom NetLink ™ Gigabit Ethernet - Packet Scheduler Miniport
IP Address
Subnet mask
Gateway server
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Are you able to ping any websites, such as google.com and get replies? Do you have a software firewall installed, if so, have you tried temporarily disabling it briefly to see if that could be blocking you from communicating out to the Internet?
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hey 3quilibrium, thanks for the reply.
following instructions on wikihow i tried pinging a few websites. here's what i did:
1. clicked Start > Run...
2. typed: cmd
3. typed ping www.google.com

received a message that ping request could not find host

i tried a couple of other addresses, same results.

i have comodo firewall installed (free version). i right-clicked the icon in the system tray, selected Firewall Settings, then selected "Disabled".
tried pinging again... same results as above.
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