I have a DELL Vostro 1500 laptop that came with Windows XP SP2 Home Edition. It came with the entire drive partitioned for XP which I don't want. So I formated the drive and re-installed XP on a smaller partition so that I can partition the drive for Linux as well.
The XP install went fine. I then went to Dell and installed the driver for my Dell wireless card that came with the machine. (Dell1395 802.11g Wi-Fi internal card).
NOTE: Prior to re-installing XP, the wireless card connected to my Linksys wireless router just fine.
Now, when I attempt to connect to the Linksys wireless router, I gain a connection (after putting the WEP 128bit key in) but it is stuck in the "Aquiring Network Address". Eventually, it times out and I have no wireless connection. If I connect a hard wire ethernet cable to the laptop, I can ping the Wireless Router so I know it's reachable via my wired network.
I've seen people recommend hard coding an IP address but then I have to screw around with the wireless IP settings when I travel which I don't want to do.
Does anyone have any ideas what else I should look for?