Hi! I hope you kind geeks will help a fumbling apprentice geek.
I have a Dell 5100 Inspiron laptop, got it for a grad present in 2003. It's (fingers crossed) still working fine, mostly, and I was told that I could get on Wifi if I got a wireless card. (A search for an existing wireless card proved fruitless, though I may not have looked well enough or in the right places. I also had to reinstall Windows XP in 2004 and it's missing a few pieces, so I may have one but my laptop may not know it's there. Long story.)
The problem is, I surfed over to Newegg, Best Buy, etc. and I have no clue what I should get. I'm not setting up a network, I just want to be able to pick up wireless Internet. My campus has Wifi, and nearly everywhere around here has Wifi, but I've never had any luck getting anything. My computer sits there clueless. When I lived in the dorms I was able to connect to the campus network, but now that I'm off campus I'm without a place to plug in a cable.
Any ideas? Thank you so much for your help.