I have recently acquired two old laptop computers that were given to me for free. They both seem to be exhibiting the exact same problem, but for this post I will just focus on one of them for simplicity sake.
The spotlight laptop is an old Gateway Solo 9300 with a Pentium II from the Windows 98 era however it is loaded with a nice clean install of Windows XP Home edition on it (apparently anyway). I am wanting to get it to connect to the internet through it's wireless USB adapter plugged into the side, however it is not finding my WiFi access point. I haven't used Windows XP for many years now so I have forgotten how to get it to recognize my WiFi access point. If someone could help me that, that would be great.
Otherwise, I was thinking of wiping the hard drive clean and just doing a fresh, clean install of Ubuntu or Linux Mint's latest version which usually sets everything up for me automatically which makes life easier.
Or, depending upon how things go, I could setup a dual-boot of both Windows and Linux.
However, when I went to try to see if this could be done, the computer would not boot from the CD-Rom drive with the Ubuntu or Mint disc in it even after I went into CMOS/BIOS setup utility to re-designate the drive boot order. So I'm not sure why it's not recognizing my changing the boot order and saving it upon exit.
Thank you for any help