This is probably caused by firewall settings on this computer.Check the firewall settings for the HTTP port (80), the HTTPS port (443) and the FTP port (21).
If this is the case I will be more than happy to help you find one that will work. Exclamation points indicate problems with that device and/or driver. Bell There is only one device showing with no explanation mark:3Com 3C910 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3CS0H0100B-TX Compatible). I realised that the anti-virus software (AVG Free) appears to not be working at all and has not updated properly for a while.
Let me know what you find or if you need me to explain anything in more detail. The link I provided you with earlier should have a working driver for your device. Uninstall the current driver and software associated with your device. I tried to uninstall the programme and it wouldn't let me uninstall.
I wondered if this was due to some of the things I tried last week (listed in my orginal e-mail to you above) and did a system restore.
Still after this, the AVG and Microsoft sites wouldn't connect.
Also, you can navigate to the control panel, into the "System" application to find out. For example, if you have a 64 bit copy, it will look similar to this: Notice the "x64 Edition." If it were only the 32 bit version, it would just say "Professional" without the x64.
You can also access the "System" application by typing in the run box and pressing enter. If you do indeed have a 64 bit version of windows, you will need a 64 bit driver for your adapter as the 32 bit drivers are designed differently. Find and expand the "Network Adapters" category by clicking the plus sign next to it. Also, do you notice any exclamation points next to any of the devices in device manager?For example, mine shows "Windows Vista Home Premium" at the top of the dialog box.If I had a 64-bit copy of windows it would show "Windows Vista Home Premium x64." If your copy of windows shows "x64" at the end, then you have a 64-bit windows system. On the top-left of the Control Panel window, you will have an option to select "Classic View."Click on "Classic View." This will display a number of applications in the control panel window. Under the "General" tab, it will display your copy of windows.However, my XP machine has ben sitting on.."Validating identity" for ages. possible but strange) it was weird, insecure (no NAT firewalling) and unnecessarily complicated. Yeah I think we need to figure out what's happening really :) Your computer should not do anything to connect – there should not be a "validating identity" screen, no logging in to a network, or anything like that.Let your router do pppoe and routing, it's really designed for that. It seems that currently, your computer is trying to create a pppoe session (which involves logging in, validating identity etc). Change the wireless settings to create a new wireless ssid that you have not used before.Since the session is currently running (and now, a question – by modem or by the Vista machine? Wireless Network Connection (this is the one trying to validate identity) 1392 Connection (net Adapter) – Connected Thats on the XP machine that has just been reformatted. Open a command prompt and type ipconfig /all Copy and paste the result here. Next enable the security type and settings that you are going to use.