I suppose my home network's setup is important so I'll describe that briefly: I have two computers in the house, a desktop and a laptop. The laptop is the computer I formatted, and it is supposed to connect to a router via the wireless card that came with the router. The desktop is also connected to the router, hardwired. Then the router is obviously connected to something, in this case a cable modem.
So, last night after I got XP back up, I tried to get it back on the internet. I couldn't get wireless to work at all (more on that proglem in a moment), so I took it to the router and borrowed the desktop's networking cord and hardwired in. It took some doing, but I finally got a connection that way. Thinking perhaps it was a driver problem, I got the latest one from linksys (for the wireless card of course), and then just to be safe, got all the windows updates from microsoft (except SP2).
Then I tried the wireless card again. And after some uninstalling and reinstalling of the card, it managed to get an IP and accessed the internet. And through a few restarts, it managed to keep working. So I shutdown and went to bed.
This morning, I started it up just to check the weather before going to class, and found that nothing I did would make the wireless card work. It connects to the router (as in it gets a connection), but won't access the internet. ipconfig /renew times out. I'm at school right now and am going to try hardwiring to the router again when I get home this afternoon.
I don't know what else to do. Not sure if its an XP bug or what. If anyone can shed any light on this, I'd be appreciative.
Thanks alot for reading.