Thank you for referring me to the forum above. Although I had stepped through this forum last week, I thought I might do it again just in case there was something I missed. Turns out I missed something the first go around. What ended up working for me was updating my Atheros Wireless LAN Driver at HP's site -> Update for Atheros Wireless LAN Driver
. I can't believe something I did finally worked. I honestly thought I was going to have to take off vista and install Linux...might do that anyways.
Note to others:
If you are like me in the sense that you think you have tried everything. Try the update listed above. I'm not promising you that it will work because I have been through the empty promises that other forums gave. If that doesn't work, do to the forum suggested by Louis and try more solutions.
Thanks again Louis. Hopefully you'll never hear from me again,