ok. i followed the direction up until the dell updates. which I am very confused about.
Good and my apologies about the latter, the confusion etc. I should have explained more fully what to to do...If you had any of the various Dell CD-ROM's I mentioned prior I would have probably not mentioned about the Dell Update site.
I entered my dell "service number," and downloaded all updates which appeared listed. I then proceeded to "continue with install." The first update on the list "MM061A17.exe" would not "flash BIOS" because it thinks my battery and AC adapters are not both plugged in. Hence, the entire update query failed to properly initialize, and install. I guess my battery isn't doing so well?
Possibly though I would not be overly concerned about that particular update and just leave well alone.
Internet explorer updated to version 8. I don't know if this is sufficient. I saw that a version 10 is seemingly available, however, have not located a link or process to upgrade from a version later then 8.
Internet Explorer 8 is the latest supported version for XP. Versions 9 is only for Vista and W7. Finally version 10 is still in the beta stage far as I am aware.
Given what I have been able to do up to this point the symptoms are still relenting. Shortly after updating windows my internet invoked it's randomized fail procedure (the time out thing.) As a means to absolve I reinstalled Firefox. However, unlike the last time I used this strategy this did not immediately rectify the problem; the problem has since subsided. Although, it may be important to note that both browsers (when not timing out/unable to connect) were randomly displaying pages in HTML, and in such state generated unresponsive links on any website.
Not sure if this is malware related and may just be your ISP for example.
It appears your machines TCPIP stack is using this:-
Which relates to the Road Runner ISP.
But when posting it appears this is being used:-
Though that is a Road Runner ISP also.
So are you at times using a different machine to post? If so please explain exactly how you are connecting this machine we have been working on as this may just shed some further light on the overall situation.
I surely could use guidance regarding the dell updates if it is at all possible, and not to much to ask. What advice, search query, or instructions for installing the dell updates properly could you recommend?
Usually when visited and once the service tag either manually imputed and or use the auto detection feature the list will come up.
Only download and install those flagged as Recommended
that are in turn the newest applicable for you machine as there may be one than update for the same piece of hardware/software etc.
So try that again and let myself know the outcome...do not worry if some do not seem to work and or fail, just make a note of which exactly. The main thing is we have managed to install/upgrade the Operating System security side of things.
Also please provide the answer to my ISP/how you machine connects to the internet excatly query.