I finally got my Windows XP activated on my laptop after finding my lost product key code. Up until now, I've been using Ubuntu 10 (Linux). So I inserted my BT Infinity "Is your broadband light blue?" - I clicked 'Yes'. Then it searched for 'available connections' - it came up with "You can connect to your hub using wireless or a wired ethernet connection, unfortunately we can't detect EITHER of these connection types on your computer"
I rang the BT help desk who got me to 'cmd - ping'. That was no good either.
The thing is - BT Infinity WIFI works perfectly well with the Ubuntu operating system - why not with Windows XP?
Oh - and Windows XP works perfectly on the (different) laptop I'm using now.
I don't want to return to Ubuntu as I prefer Windows.
Make sure that your wireless card is
1) Installed correctly 2) Turned on.
It may be that when you reiinstalled XP it did not install the correct drivers for your wireless card.
I did install 'Broadcom Wireless Driver for Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)'
How can I check it's turned on?
To check its turned on it will be either a switch on the laptop or a key combination such as FnF3 or FnF9.
To check that your Network drivers are installed and that the wireless card and Ethernet controller are installed and working :
Go to START > Control Panel > Device Manager > Network Adaptors. Click on this and it will open and show you what is installed and that the correct drivers are installed. There should be no yellow exclamation marks.
Once you have done that report back if there are any problems.
I would also uninstall the BT Helpdesk. It usually does everything except help. To uninstall it follow this guide
1. Follow the onscreen wizard through to completion.
I have Network adaptor 1394 'this device is working properly'
HOWEVER - in my exploring your advice, etc. the scrolling on XP is not too clever and all seems pretty slow - so much so that I reckon if I were to get windows working - it wouldn't work properly!
Please don't think I'm ungrateful as your help has made me decide to kick Windows XP out of that laptop and fully install Ubuntu again.
Again, gg30340, thanks for all your time and trouble, I really appreciate it.