So today I took a barebones PC and installed Windows XP w/ Service Pack 3 DVD on it (the SP3 is part of the installation.)
So far so good except for one problem: The internet does not work.
Previously this PC used various versions of Ubuntu, Lubuntu, and Linux Puppy - all of them had no issues getting on the Internet.
I've gone online and searched for all possible resolutions to this issue.
First, I tried resetting Winsock - this did not work.
Next, I tried uninstalling the Service Pack 3 updates. Unfortunately there is no entry for uninstalling them likely because it was embedded during the installation process.
Has anyone run into this situation before? The box connects directly to a router and requires no user id/password and like I've said, several other versions of Linux had no issues with connecting straight after installation.
Another oddity surfaced also - which is probably not affecting this - but I noticed that Windows decided to reformat / relabel the C:\ drive as the I:\ drive now for whatever reason. Anyway of changing this back to C:\?
The only other thing I can think of is going to Fry's and purchasing a wireless adapter and see if I can connect that way. I'd really hate to do if a direct connection is already available.