So I've been repairing and restoring an old Dell XP system and I've been successful, spent so many hours on this people would think I'm nuts. I am, I just want to learn because I'm going to be trying to fix other computers as time goes on, most of them equally old.
So the one nigling issue still driving me crazy is the Belkin Wireless B card in this XP SP3 laptop. Yes, XP is EOL and not secure. Yes, Wireless B is just as bad if not more. But I still want to solve this if I can.
The wireless now finally works with the driver I had to do a hit and miss on. Have to use the driver's system tray app (Belkin v.2 Wirless B card) to run it, and if I try the ISP open to access service SSID where you input your provider username and password, it works. But when trying to set up the secured SSID of my Gateway (Comcast provided, I can't afford a good router right now), neither 64 or 128 bit encryptioned password, a password I KNOW that works, won't give me any more than limited access, or rather, connectivity with no internet or whatever it is.
The Gateway is using WPA2/WPA/AES encryption and I can't find any way to tell if it is more than 128 bit.
Also, on my own desktop, one I built myself with an ASUS Z97 board, I end up BSODding when messing with the ASUS WIFI card on my system. I don't know if something is going on with the gateway or what. My phone and other devices are working with the gateway wifi just fine, including a TLC TV.
There might be a bug with the gateway, because it no longer lets me use the "see the password" checkmark option.
I've reset the gateway about 10 times and with the Dell I am working on I've surfed and tried so many things it's almost mind boggling, Command line things, registry things, manual updates, AV work for so many hours it isn't funny, and various driver tricks. I've exhausted my webfoo and I wonder if there is even anything else to try.
BTW, on the Dell, the wired internet and a cheap and old USB WIFI adapter both work fine.
There is no way to have learned all I did, but having done them, I will recognize and better understand them in the future when I do more webfoo.