so, i reinstalled xp, loaded all the drivers and *tada* … nope. still fooked.
but i know i am just not compatible with xp, so i thought i would try my old friend, windows 2003 server. and… nope.
by this time i had consumed copious amounts of wine, and remembered that my laptop came *giggle* with vista – of course this was the logical step. i installed happily. drinking some more wine and installed the drivers, full of drunken hope. nada.
so i thought i would see what the vista experience score would be (don’t ask why i would wonder this while all this other stuff is going on), and, strangely, while running the system check, the wireless controller decided to return to life (is it now a zombie?). yay.
added my machine back to the domain, which prompted a reboot. bad idea. networking gone again.
despondent, i switched the bastard off. had some more wine and went to sleep.
the next morning, the wine had left my system and i decided to be a sober brave by switching the machine back on. lo and behold, i had network. i reboot and still had network. wow. installed office and still had network.
the moral of the story: drink more wine