A couple of notes on each method of connection via the laptop:
When I try to "repair" this connection there is a message that the laptop is searching for an IP address and eventually it times out and says it could not find one.
When I try to "view all wireless networks" it searches momentarily and then says "no wireless networks were found in range. Make sure the wireless switch on your computer is on." It should find 4 networks, mine and my 3 neighbors, sure they are all locked but they always used to show up as options (as they still do for my desktop).
My guess is that a global networking setting has changed somewhere during the install that has affected both the ethernet port and the wireless network connection but I am not exactly sure where to look. Any ideas?
PS, Windows Firewall is turned off.