So I just bought a used laptop for word processing, an IBM Thinkpad X32, great little machine with a nice keyboard.
It came with Debian installed but I got Windows XP Pro running on it (the OS it was designed for).
Problem is, I can't get my head around the networking. I managed to get the correct driver installed and the Intel PRO/Wireless software it uses, but it just won't connect to my networks.
I know the wifi card is functional because it worked under Debian, but XP isn't cooperating, the problems I'm having are as follows:
-Intel PROset detects the wireless network but never actually lets me to connect to it, it sends me through pages and pages of security prompts to create profiles for the network with HEX passwords and pass phrases and encryption keys, but never gets to a stage where it will let me input my wifi password so it can connect.
-A window pops up prompting me to connect to the wireless network and make profiles every few seconds, but again it never reaches a stage where I can actually connect and never lets me input my wifi password.
-If I disable the PROset software and try to use the Windows wireless management software, it doesn't detect any networks.
I'm accustomed to devices simply asking for a wifi password then connecting to the network, so I don't know how to resolve the problem.